UPDATE x1: Thursday evening, ABC News reported that the East Aurora High School Board of Education had already decided to rescind the misguided policy on gender confusion that it had adopted on Monday evening. The board is scheduled to meet on Friday afternoon to have the formal vote.
By Laurie Higgins, Illinois Family Institute -
An outrageous and ignorant decision by the East Aurora High School Board of Education (photo below) points to the increasingly compelling need for parents to pull their kids out of public schools if possible.
According to the Sun Times Beacon-News, East Aurora High School’s school board voted unanimously on Monday evening to adopt policy that gives “transgendered and gender nonconforming students” the right to “use the restroom that corresponds to their gender-related identity” and “the right to be addressed by the name they want to be called.” Further, “’A court-ordered name or gender change is not required.’”
Apparently, all that’s needed for school personnel to be compelled to participate in a fiction is for a student to pretend “consistently” at school that he or she is the opposite sex.
The school board is now imposing non-objective, “progressive” moral, philosophical, and political beliefs—not facts—about gender confusion on the entire school. This feckless school board has made a decision to accommodate, not the needs of gender-confused teens, but their disordered desires and the desires of gender/sexuality anarchists who exploit public education for their perverse ends.
I wonder how many of these board members have thought or read deeply on the issue of gender confusion or Gender Identity Disorder. And I wonder how many of them have read deeply the writing of not just “progressive” scholars but conservative scholars as well.
Gender confusion affects approximately .003 percent of males and .0001 percent of females. Aurora East High School is now accommodating the disordered impulses and unproven beliefs of a statistically miniscule segment of their population and in so doing ignores the beliefs of the majority. Some would argue that this policy also reflects a gross distortion of compassion and profound ignorance about what truly helps the few students who suffer from gender dysphoria or Gender Identity Disorder.
Teens who suffer from gender confusion/gender dysphoria or Gender Identity Disorder have an objective biological sex. That should be all that matters when it comes to school policy regarding locker rooms, restrooms, and sports participation:
- No student should be allowed to use any locker room or restroom other than the one that comports with his or her objective biological sex.
- No student should be compelled to share a locker room or restroom with a peer of the opposite sex, no matter how intensely a gender-confused student wishes to use it. His or her disordered desires and non-factual beliefs about gender should not take precedence over the healthy desires of girls and boys or over objective biological facts.
- Teachers, counselors, and coaches should not be legally required to participate in a fiction by, for example, being required to use pronouns that do not conform to the objective biological sex of students.
Second, is it ethical and justifiable to mandate that all school personnel and students pretend that a boy is a girl or vice versa?
This is a biased, radical, and offensive school board decision that all Illinois taxpayers—especially Aurora community members with or without children in school—should vigorously and tenaciously oppose. Remember, all schools receive some state funds, so all Illinois taxpayers have a vested interest in this policy. In addition, gender/ sexuality anarchists are working to establish this kind of policy in every elementary, middle, and high school in the country. If this policy is allowed to remain in place, it will embolden activists all over the state and country. Conversely, if the school board is forced to repeal it, conservatives will be encouraged by a rare victory.