Parents Outraged After Vermont School District Tells Teachers to Call Kids ‘Person Who Produces’ Sperm/Eggs
“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.”
The Essex Westfield School District in Vermont told 5th-grade families and “caregivers” that teachers are using inclusive language now.
The language change starts as the grade begins lessons on puberty.
“In an effort to align our curriculum with our equity policy, teachers will be using gender inclusive language throughout this unit,” the letter says. “With any differences we strive to use ‘person-first’ language as best practice. You will see examples of this below.”
The school district uses this new language:
- 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.
Parents sent the letter to Parents Defending Education. Director of Outreach Erika Sanzi posted it on Twitter.
New language rules just dropped for 5th graders in Vermont and they don't include the words boy and girl or male and female. pic.twitter.com/Bjent7kh6x
— Erika Sanzi (@esanzi) April 25, 2023
The school district responded a day after Sanzi posted the letter:
The EWSD has a health program for students in grades K-8 called The Great Body Shop. This program is in alignment with our District Equity Policy and it aligns with the K-8 Vermont Agency of Education Health Standards.
The Great Body Shop guides our instruction in puberty/growth and development. The program helps us ensure that our instruction and methods are inclusive of all students in our schools. This means that the instruction will not associate puberty with any identified gender but rather be clear about the differences in bodies and how that changes the experiences of puberty. This is designed to be LGBTQIA+ affirming, and a guide to supporting all students in understanding their own bodies without separating students by identified gender.
The Great Body Shop is a comprehensive health education curricular resource that is developmentally appropriate, culturally sensitive, and medically accurate. The Great Body Shop is aligned with the National Health Education Standards, the National Sexuality Education Standards, and many state standards, including Vermont’s.
The Great Body Shop’s primary purpose is to provide families and students with the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy life choices (https://thegreatbodyshop.net/curriculum/k-six).
I looked at The Great Body Shop’s website. It’s vague. Doesn’t go into detail about the 5th-grade curriculum. Except for one thing.
“Biological differences between boys and girls.”
So will the school admit there are biological differences between males and females? Or will it eliminate that part of the curriculum?
I’m guessing the latter because the letter to parents states, “We are working on editing worksheets and handouts to reflect these changes but you may see some worksheets that have not changed.”
The school district also lashed out at Fox and Friends for asking for a statement:
The EWSD continues to utilize the same AOE approved standards with language updates in alignment with the Vermont Agency Education recommendations. Per the EWSD Equity Policy, we remain committed to utilizing inclusive language and practices to ensure all students grow and thrive.
We also strive to model kindness, respect, and civility to our students. As we engage with transparency with our community, the Board will not tolerate vitriol, hateful or threatening language, or other mistreatment of our staff. As a board, we fully stand behind our educators, administrators, and their work ensuring academic excellence in adherence to state standards.
Well, maybe the school district’s Equity & Inclusion section should be more specific. Of course, it cannot be specific because more parents would be outraged.
I couldn’t find “inclusive” or “language” in the section.
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Well right there is a problem
I guess we have to burn it all down cause these fools will not stop
in alignment with our District Equity Policy
There’s the second problem.
This is designed to be LGBTQIA+ affirming
And a third problem.
And, once again, it is a religious doctrine to “affirm” homosexuality in students. Them doing this is an establishment of religion in the schools and should be stopped.
Not exactly though. The affirming part is for the ‘T’ everyone else in the alphabet is a male or female. After all the G is a man who desires other men and L is a woman who desires other women while B find both desirable. The rest of the alphabet soup, outside LGB, are frankly not living in reality and the LGB core is finally beginning to push them away because of the oddball nature of the rest. Particularly so with weirdo push to normalize minor attraction aka paedophiles and the trans insistence on mutilating children. Leave the kids alone.
Even the LGB bit is a religious bit. “Affirming” them is, anyway. It is a question of morals and choices, and is therefore a religious question.
Neutrality toward them might be considered religiously neutral.
I believe tolerance is one thing while acceptance/embracing is another. One is a live and let live while the other is affirming. For my part why would I want to know who is doing what to whom? Among consenting adults it doesn’t impact me or society. When sexual orientation becomes a public litmus test that’s when folks start making more intrusive demands than I want to deal with.
Whose religion? Mine doesn’t give a flip because it’s not my business to be judging or controlling. My business is my business and I will be judged on how well I handle my business, which, btw, includes NOT JUDGING OTHER ADULTS DO WITH THEIR BODY PARTS.
What part of Jesus saying ‘Judge not…’ did you fail to comprehend? Your salvation, or lack thereof, is based solely on what you do or fail to do. And that is it. So stop.
MosesZD, you need a refresher course in Christian belief. What you said is wholly inaccurate.
MosesZD, while you don’t say what your religion is, the Bible explicitly rejects homosexuality in multiple passages both in the Old Testament and the New Testament. There’s also implicit rejection, including in Jesus’ teaching.
As for Jesus’ saying judge not, that has to be one of the most misquoted, used out of context, and abused sections of Scripture. Jesus judged others repeatedly, and the New Testament is filled with commands to judge, but context is key. Jesus’ command to not judge lest ye be judged is about righteous judgement. The passage on judgement concludes by saying a man who condemns another for a minor thing whilst ignoring a major thing in his own life is a hypocrite. And note verse 6 of Matthew 7 contains the exhortation to not give that which is holy to dogs, or pearls to pigs. It’s cryptic but does it mean not to waste what the Bible says about matters on folk who don’t want to hear, not to waste offering salvation to those who don’t want it because it conflicts with their choice of life, or something else?
The judge not section would seem to open up quite a complex debate!
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Indeed. I remember Sex Ed in school. Started in 9th grade, that is, High School not Grade School. Another reason wife and I moved out of Vermont. Crazy people from down south moved in droves to the state because their state governments destroyed theirs and made them too expensive to live in with nonsense laws and policies only to import that same crud into Vermont. Natives were too busy working for a living to notice what was going on until it was too late.
And 9th graders are mostly too young for any real discussion of reproduction and it mechanics.
At this point, if you’re not homeschooling, you either agree with the Progressive church or you’re incredibly ignorant and blind.
Or, don’t have one income earner who can support the family while the other stays home to teach.
Not true. I’ve personally known families who home-schooled without being able to support their family on one income. Right after “Only we professionals are smart enough to educate your kid” in the family of public education lies comes “Your kid has to sit for 8 hours in a classroom while you drone on about the topics.” It is very doable as a supplement, with online instruction, as an “after hours” arrangement, swapping off parents, in co-ops…. There are a multitude of ways to homeschool, and it is absolutely NOT limited to middle-class incomes.
So both parents are working and your kids are 6 and 7
Can’t realistically be done without outside support
Its time parents storm the state legislatures and get school choice
Its our money
I’m a public school teacher (33 years of experience). I support those who choose homeschooling, but I will fight to my last breath to save the integrity of my public school. At the same time, I DETEST the politics of AFT and NEA.
Any school run by government lionizes government. It can be no other way.
In the days when our government wasn’t actively hostile to us and our values, that didn’t matter to us. Now it’s an existential threat.
But, let me re-phrase:
At this point, if you’re not homeschooling, you either agree with the Progressive church or you’re incredibly ignorant and blind, or you’ve sucked down the public education kool-aid and think you can’t do it.
It’s about choices. “Can’t afford” could usually be restated as “don’t want to afford” in this country. We drove beater cars/trucks and lived in small, old houses to live on 1 income and homeschool our kids. And they both are faithful to the Lord and are college graduates with professional jobs. Would do it again.
“Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”
If you really want to do something, you’ll make a way to get it done, not sit around and B&M while coming up with excuses why you can’t do it.
I have a friend who SEES the problems in the schools, hates it, already a 1-income family, and will not homeschool.
I have even offered to do it for her with my kids, but she is afraid of her kids, afraid of their behavior, the way they treat her, and doesn’t want me to get the same (point – her kids do not treat me like they do her; I do not allow it)
It is so sad, But maybe one day she will wake up enough.
and to be fair – I think her husband is against it because his dad/boss is AGAINST it, and they will not cross him in this. I think if she had the support of her husband and FIL, she would attempt it.
My granddaughters in a religious school. A real religious school not a left wing Catholic or Episcopal bs
The real thing
It’s a bit more religious than I’m accustomed to but I’ll take that compared to what the public schools are teaching
This is a state that repeatedly elected the Commie Bernie Sanders to the Senate; what do they expect?
Joe Rogan voted for Bernie
Which does mean against Clinton and Biden FWIW.
Young people who produce sperm don’t produce sperm. A paradox.
People who produce eggs don’t produce eggs, another paradox. They’re born them.
Critical Reproductive Theory (CRT)
According to CRT, the precursors to a human life can be inferred, and babies… fetal-babies are delivered by Stork at the threshold of viability. This an observable contradiction of human evolution that is reconciled through The Twilight Faith under the Pro-Choice ethical religion with a progressive liberal ideological bent.
Greg Gutfeld points out: “That’s precisely why we invented the terms boy, man, girl, and woman. It’s shorthand for that big phrase there. That’s what language is for. If we didn’t do that we’d still be calling cars ‘big heavy metal things that go vroom vroom.'”
“assigned male/female at birth” is the craziest stuff. I really cannot believe that anyone lets them get away with this. It’s beyond insane. But … it is not unlike the equally lunatic “undocumented immigrant”, which was, of course, incorrect in addition to being deliberately obfuscating, as the illegals all had tons of documentation of all sorts … just not any permission or right to be on American territory.
We allow the left to make a complete mockery of the language, so what do we expect to come of it? This sort of stuff. Any sane, self-respecting society would have jailed half these people (as they are, obviously, very serious threats to society) but we have coddled them and allowed them to think that they are normal people who have some odd ideas, not just be clear that they are evil, demented ghouls who are as stupid and insane as human beings come.
And that all this is so pronounced in the education field, where the dumbest people in society gather. Education departments are filled with the dumbest people in the university – they are outright idiots whose test scores would make normal people faint, they are so low. The educators are the stupidest people in society and they are being allowed to act as if they know anything – and they clearly don’t. But, there’s nothing wrong with dumb people. They are not dangerous because they are dumb. These idiot leftists, though – they are dumb and they are soulless ghouls who are out to destroy society and it’s well past time that they were put in their place, for the sake of society.
My qualifications: English Literature AB (1986 magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), M.Ed. (1995 4.0) in secondary English education, MA in English Literature (2007 ABD for the Ph.D.); perfect score on the English literature Praxis exam; endorsement in K-12 gifted education; working on ESO endorsement.
Please use the modifier “some” before “educators.”
Doesn’t matter what modifier is if they are shoving BS down your kids brain
Yes, it does, because many of us are NOT shoveling anything and are in fact holding fast to what is true.
You gotta love the pearl clutching by those on the right who cringe at the lefties tossing around “Nazi!” “Fascist!” “Homophobe!” but then gleefully paint everyone in select categories and professions with the same juvenile broad brush.
The Brownian motion going on in all directions inside the baseball doesn’t alter the fact that, as a whole, it’s heading for your temple at 90MPH.
When you believe that everyone in a group shares the same traits, it’s collectivism.
When you simply say how the group as a whole is tending, that’s statistics.
But yes, some here need to be more careful about the way they say it.
The fact that you’re being self-righteous rather than being incensed by the fact that the education system is run by the incompetent and evil is telling.
The chances are pretty good that she is more incensed about what goes on in education than you are. Most conservative teachers aren’t exactly pleased with the nonsense and do what we can to mitigate its damage.
Of course, if I had to teach in an area like the ones that seem to always make the news, I wouldn’t be a teacher anymore.
The modifier would not be “some” but would be “almost all” or “the vast majority of”. Sorry, but that is what Education departments are full of. And this is not my opinion, it’s a matter of record. just look at the standardized test scores for Education majors and grads – SATs and GREs. They tell the story. The lowest scores of everyone. Intended Education grads score even lower on the math GREs than the friggin sociolgists, which is no easy feat.
Yes, there are some decent educators, but the vast majority of Education majors and grads are idiots … and from what is obvious in the curricula being pushed and promoted around the country, soulless ghouls.
Of course there are exceptions. But it’s pretty much a given that on any college campus, the College of Education has the lowest average SAT scores.
Ed schools simply don’t attract the sharpest knives in the drawer.
“they are outright idiots whose test scores would make normal people faint, they are so low. The educators are the stupidest people in society and they are being allowed to act as if they know anything”
But wait, let me guess…YOU are a genius, right?
Do you fail to see the irony and lack of self-awareness in this idiotic generalization you spewed? Most subject matter teachers in good schools are highly qualified, intelligent individuals who are dedicated to their craft and are most likely far more intelligent and well-read than some bonehead who crafts this mindless rant and thinks he’s an insightful genius.
Your dopey mindset is just the other side of the same coin of the juvenile leftists who call everyone fascists and Nazis. Newsflash, oh mighty pure “conservative” guy – not every teacher is a lunatic left-wing neurotic waving a rainbow flag instead of teaching subject matter, despite what your fever dreams convince you you’re nobly fighting against. Give it a rest, fool.
Go look up the test scores, yourself. I came to this realization when I got my GREs back and saw the average scores for intended grad students on the back. I was blown away by how awful the Education majors were. It was, at the time, quite a surprise. ANd those scores have remained constant over the decades.
I am not generalizing. I am making a factual comment about the great bulk of education students and professionals. Anyone who has ever had to interact with any education department is all too aware of this.
I am willing to give you the benefit of the doubt and assume that you are merely ignorant of the actual quality of people in education departments and in the field … but, then, that’s a good explanation for we all find ourselves in this position, now. You cannot claim ignorance any longer. Go investigate the quality of Education departments and those populating it, yourself.
Most subject matter teachers in good schools are highly qualified, intelligent individuals who are dedicated to their craft and are most likely far more intelligent and well-read than some bonehead who crafts this mindless rant and thinks he’s an insightful genius.
LOL. You like to just make stuff up.
It’s demonstrably true that “education” majors consistently have the lowest GPA.
True not every educator. I have friends who are educators here in my small town. None are weirdos b/c the culture here doesn’t tolerate it. As an example there is a dress code for Staff that doesn’t permit a whole lot of individualism or expression; business attire lite. No jeans, no t shirts, no non naturally occurring hair dye. The PTA will remark on teachers who don’t attend religious services of some type.
The key is not allowing the weirdos to get in and certainly not to take over or alter standards or culture. Once they are in they cause dissension and strife. It alienates other staff who then retire or transfer which makes room to hire more weirdos and the problem grows until a crisis point is reached, by then it is too late for anything other than drastic measure of mass firings but most unions would pitch a fit. Better to be mildly intolerant on the front end and not ever hire or tolerate weirdos beyond a prohibition period.
The big problems I run into are almost never local, but come as some type of pressure from the state.
Sure. In a way the State govt is more distant but the legislature is elected in local districts. It all comes down to folks choosing to be interested enough in what the hell their political leaders are up to.
Going to the polls on election day and pulling the lever isn’t enough. Anyone who is only paying attention in and around elections day then expects politicians to be trustworthy off leash is begging to be shanked by those politicians.
“Doctrine of The Lesser Magistrate.”
Two men and a womb. Isn’t Biden’s Sec. of Trans/portation in a modern family?
Whoever wrote the ‘equity’ policy is clearly a lunatic. But also an idiot. In the 5th grade none of the boys are ‘producing sperm’ and the vast majority of the girls aren’t ovulating yet either.
Does the Boys Room become ‘person who produces sperm’?
I’d love to see some precocious fifth-grader raise his hand and challenge the teacher with, “I don’t produce any sperm and I don’t produce any eggs. What am I?”
“Smoking in the
BoysPersons who Produce Sperm Room”
Well, if there’s anything will make you quit smoking…
The Left is in a bind – they want to get rid of the words “male” and “female” but the trannies need those words more than anything in order to sustain their insane delusions.
girlperson with a penis who wants to be called a ‘girl’ to do …?
Society needs to come to grips with the fact of how completely insane and dangerous these nihilist lunatics are.
For the left, having a vagina is meaningless but just slapping on some makeup and high heels makes you a “woman”.
Just ask our newest SCOTUS justice. She(?) knows all about this (although she screwed up her attempt to be cute about it by claiming that biology determined sex – because … she’s really not too bright).
This population in the West is going to be the biggest joke (and scariest cautionary tale) of the next few millenia (assuming the leftist nihilists don’t get their way and destroy advanced Man). It is nearly impossible to imagine that people can be as insane and stupid as Western leftists are. Crazy, with a capital “C”.
Even accepting the lunatic argument that people should be gender-identified according to their preference, this is very, very, stupid and illogical. The language called for is EXCLUSIONARY. Dyke girls want to be called boys and limp-wristed boys want to be called girls. The nomenclature called for highlights and reinforces that these aberrant entities are really not their fantasized genders.
I call them mentally ill
Well, they’re not mentally healthy.
“Dyke girls…and limp wristed boys”
My God, you’re a such an asshole and you prove it every time you try to be clever here.
You lavender boys can be so vicious. You want the attention of a real man like me, but it won’t work. I am totally straight. Your hero, Quentin Crisp, had it all wrong.
Keep trying to be clever, you keyboard twerp. Your d-list cultural references don’t work.
They seem to work only too well. You are in love with me. You can’t hide it, Thaddie.
Hah! Ironically, the same guy who said, “I now realize that education is a last wild effort on the part of the authorities to prevent an overdose of leisure from driving the world mad. Learning is no longer an improver; it is merely the most expensive time-filler the world has ever known.”
The Greek theory was that the female was just where the planted male seed grew. They tended to go by genitalia for identification though.
Every day more new terms come out which liberals are demanding that we use in order to please them. You’d have to have a better memory than Elon Musk to remember all this shit.
“The program helps us ensure that our instruction and methods are inclusive of all students …”
Except boys and girls.
There’s an exception to every rule.
Let me guess they also use the pro-sex curriculum?
I don’t want to be pedantic, but kids on puberty blockers don’t produce neither.
” In the 5th grade none of the boys are ‘producing sperm’ and the vast majority of the girls aren’t ovulating yet either.”
The Teachers Union has morphed into a Satanic operative shop…these people are out on the open deranged. But what do you expect from those in the State who keep voting for The Bern? Time for serious pushback.
I’m no biologist but my understanding is that human females don’t produce eggs, they’re born with all the eggs they’ll ever have access to and these are released over the course of a woman’s life up until menopause which typically occurs after age 40.
The inclusive language demanded would thus seem to be scientifically incorrect meaning the school is demanding misinformation be taught.
I can virtually guarantee the admin and school board don’t care at all if what is being taught hasn’t been discovered through rigorous experimentation.
When the CDC/NIH doesn’t, why should the DOE?
Parents are fundamentally responsible for educating their children. You cannot expect a teacher whose loyalties and training do not align with parental values to teach children. Many teachers are highly paid government agents who do the governments bidding some by choice, some by employment threats.. Even Joe Biden has said your children belong to the nation. Sounds like 1930’s Germany to me.
At my school we have a stock answer that is recommended for when kids ask off the wall questions (mostly to derail the class). We say “It’s my job to teach X and today I am teaching (part of X) and I am on the clock right now”.
Oddly, I am just about the only teacher in my (tiny) school who could possibly include this topic in my lessons.
Cultural Marxism is nuts, it’s constantly wordsmith the language to get around their rules.
Refuse to play, there are males and females and maybe a tiny tiny percentage of a percentage who are born somewhere between..
Usually, articles written here on LI are very clear but I couldn’t find one quote from an “Outraged” parent. Did I miss that somewhere? In any case, if I had a child in this school district I would yank them out immediately and if necessary, home-school them.
US Public Schools have been in the business of manufacturing cogs for the planned machinery since John Dewey, modeled after the Prussian school system crafted by Bismark.
They find the notions of curating autonomous individuals and parents’ involvement quaint, when they don’t find them offensive.