A new teacher at an elementary school in Tallahassee stirred up a hornet’s nest of controversy this week when, uh, the new teacher sent a note home with, er, the new teacher’s fifth graders. The note included a request that all students in her class use gender-neutral pronouns when referring to…uh…the new teacher.
Chloe Bressack, the new teacher in question, wants to start things off by having students call…them…Mx. Bressack. We’re not sure how one might pronounce that and we’re not interested enough to look it up, so we’ll just assume it sounds like “Mix.” Or maybe “mixes?” Who the hell knows.
“My pronouns are ‘they, them, their’ instead of ‘he, his, she, hers,'” Bressack wrote in the letter to parents. “I know it takes some practice for it to feel natural, but students catch on pretty quickly.”
We’re sure that’s true. That’s…not really the issue, though is it? The issue is whether or not students should have to catch on, quickly or not. The issue is whether someone mentally unstable enough to believe they are somehow “between genders” really needs to be in charge of impressionable young minds. The issue is whether the Canopy Oaks fifth grade class is the right venue for this…person’s…political/gender ideological crusade. We submit that it is not.
Oh, and lest you think this is anything other than such a crusade, you can listen to Mx. Bressack…themselves?…talk about it at a LGBT protest from February.
“I had people look me in the eye and tell me that I am selfish for being a teacher, selfish for putting myself into a position where I am around children and exposing them to the transgender lifestyle, whatever that is,” Bressack said at the time. “I will not be spending my entire life pretending to be someone that I am not. I refuse to show students that their gender identities are something to be ashamed of. I refuse to show students that their gender identity makes them a danger to other students.”
Well, the good news is that no one is asking you to say ANYTHING about ANYONE’S “gender identity.” So you don’t have to refuse anything. You just have to keep your delusions to yourself. But clearly, that’s too much to ask, so we’ll let the parents at Canopy Hills decide if they really want their kids to sit through nine long months of indoctrination into the world of the weird.