Vermont Middle School Eliminates Terms ‘Boy’ And ‘Girl’ Because … Equity

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  • A Vermont elementary school has published a circular indicating that it will no longer teach fifth-grade children about human reproductive systems and puberty using terms like “male,” “boy,” “girl,” and “female.”
  • In a letter to parents last week, Sara Jablonski, the principal of Founders Memorial School, announced the elimination of the said terms and the adoption of “gender-inclusive” terminology.
  • “In an effort to align our curriculum with our equity policy, teachers will be using gender-inclusive language throughout this unit. With any differences, we strive to use “person-first” language as the best practice,” read the note to parents.
  • “We will be using the following language with students: Person who produces sperm in place of boy, male, and assigned male at birth/ Person who produces eggs in place of girl, female and assigned female at birth,” it added.