November 27, 2017

Portland Teachers Must Side With Transgender Students, Against Parents

Kristin TateRebel Buzz Contributor

Public schools in Portland, Oregon may soon adopt policies forcing teachers to support the wishes of transgender students -- even if those wishes are at odds with their parents. 

The Portland school board is poised to adopt one of the state’s most comprehensive transgender student policies, one that goes beyond the “bathroom issue” by requiring staff training, using a student’s preferred name and personal pronoun, and taking the student’s side at school if there is disagreement with a parent’s wishes.

Superintendent Xavier Botana said the district decided to act after the Trump administration withdrew in February the Obama-era guidelines that included gender identity under Title IX, the federal law that bans sex discrimination in schools.

“The community and board members rallied to ensure that we, as a school district committed to equity, made clear our commitment to support our transgender and gender expansive students,” Botana said. “Our equity goals state that (Portland Public Schools) is vigilant in supporting each and every student’s particular path to achieving high standards and rooting out systemic or ongoing inequities, and this policy is an effort to do just that.”

The school board will vote on the policy at its regular meeting Tuesday.

Fitzgerald, a senior at Deering High School, said the staff training component is important because that lets students know they can go to any teacher for help – not just a counselor or someone they think might be sympathetic – and everyone will know what their rights are under the policy.

Officials additionally stressed that the new policy will "normalize different gender identities." 

While our public schools busy themselves over transgender policies and gender identities, academic achievement continues to lag in the U.S. The most recent results from cross-national tests, from 2015, placed the U.S. a pathetic 38th out of 71 countries in math and 24th in science.

Instead of funneling taxpayer dollars into transgender sensitivity training, how about using the money to improve the quality of teaching? Now that's a novel idea!

While countries around the world continue to make strides in education, the U.S. funnels money into inefficient, failing public schools. Rather than identify the causes plaguing our schools -- like teachers unions that make it nearly impossible to fire bad teachers and underfunded math and science departments -- officials focus on issues such as gender identity. 

Political correctness is hindering our ability to focus resources and attention on issues that have a profound impact public education.

When will parents, educators, and public officials demand better? 

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commented 2017-11-29 12:36:29 -0500
“Drew Wakariuk commented 13 hours ago
Andrew they are not the states children, the parents have responsibility for their kids and actually love them. Does your reasoning apply to a parent trying to gender brainwash their kid as well? Or is that only the parents business in that case?? "

I never said they were the state’s children. By high school, they’re considered capable of making that decision themselves.

This isn’t intended to protect them from “loving” parents, but rather hostile ones.
commented 2017-11-29 02:00:38 -0500
Ah yes… The “Interstate 5 Corridor North” madness in full display… Ditto Olympia; ditto Seattle; ditto Vancouver, B.C.
commented 2017-11-28 23:22:12 -0500
Andrew they are not the states children, the parents have responsibility for their kids and actually love them. Does your reasoning apply to a parent trying to gender brainwash their kid as well? Or is that only the parents business in that case??
commented 2017-11-28 16:27:29 -0500
LGBTQ2 militants and their apologists are making huge strides in pushing this.
commented 2017-11-28 14:49:19 -0500
Teenagers that are not yet age of majority are given significant latitude towards self determination (“Mature minor” laws). This means that it doesn’t matter if the parents approve anyway, they no longer have total authority over high school age minors. This policy merely acknowledges that.

“Instead of funneling taxpayer dollars into transgender sensitivity training, how about using the money to improve the quality of teaching? Now that’s a novel idea!”

Not mutually exclusive.

“David White commented 5 hours ago
“Normalize different gender identities”. So the goal is to normalize issues that are clearly abnormal”

You may have that opinion, but the reality is that these kids are going to have to function in a world where there are such individuals.
commented 2017-11-28 09:57:10 -0500
“Normalize different gender identities”. So the goal is to normalize issues that are clearly abnormal. So the soon to be 999 different genders are about to be “normalized”. We will never be able to keep up to the washroom issue let alone the myriad of other changes coming to appease the “inventions” of the so called progressive left. How is this going to shake down now that you can change on any given day whatever sex, gender, race or even your own “reference pronoun” you desire? You can change multiple times in the same day if you want. Any semblance of law and order is under such erosion now recovery may be a pipe dream. The new normal of the left…a sick path of moral decay with other gems coming soon…M103 comes to mind.
commented 2017-11-28 07:48:00 -0500
It it sweeping the Western cultures like a virulently plague of immorality.

There is only one way to stop it from spreading and only one way to inoculate people from catching this “disease”.