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Too “gendered” for school: Alberta’s NDP govt. bans use of words “mother” and “father”

January 20, 2016

From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:Alberta Education and Culture Minister David Eggen (Colleen De Neve/Calgary Herald)

NDP Education Minister David Eggen: say “caregiver” instead.

 

It used to be: “Heather has two mommies.”

Now, it’s: “Heather has two non-gendered and inclusive caregivers.”

That’s the language the New Democratic Party government in Alberta, Canada, is telling teachers and school administrators to use when adressing the adults with whom students are living. Out: “mother” and “father.” In: “parent,” “caregiver,” “partner,” whatever.

And God help you if refer to one of the little rascals as “him” or “her.”

Here’s the pertinent language from the rainbow-adorned “Guidelines for Best Practices” that the highminded-progressive NDP government issued last week:

“School forms, websites, letters, and other communications use non-gendered and inclusive language (e.g., parents/guardians, caregivers, families, partners, ‘student’ or ‘their’ instead of Mr., Ms., Mrs., mother, father, him, her, etc.).”

The purpose of the guidelines, according to the text, is to create “learning communities” that “respect diverse sexual orientations, gender identies, and gender expressions.”

And that means that the kids, no matter how young or how old, get to pick their own gender and force everyone else in the school to abide by their choice:

“Self-identification is the sole measure of an individual’s sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression….

“Some individuals may not feel included in the use of the pronouns ‘he’ or ‘she’ and may prefer alternate pronouns, such as ‘ze,’ ‘zir,’ ‘hir,’ ‘they’ or ‘them,’ or might wish to express themselves or self-identify in other ways (e.g., Mx. instead or Mr., Mrs., Ms., or Miss, or no prefix at all)….

“When creating student/staff lists, school staff ensure gender designations are not included either beside individual names or as a composite number for the group.”

Read the whole thing here.

Posted by Charlotte Allen
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3 Comments
  1. Joe permalink

    I suspect it will still be “Heather has two mommies”. The beratement will come in if there is a Mommy and a Daddy, and if the child in question is a boy who actually identifies as a boy.

    • Ceph permalink

      Feminists have already erased the concept of biological fatherhood, calling such men sperm donors. Fatherhood to them is a purely social construct and can be replaced or stamped out altogether without consequence. They believe that fathers have no unique bond with their own children or play any useful role a child’s development. It gives some insight into how completely misandric modern feminism has become.

  2. Lastango permalink

    You write:

    Alberta, nestled in the Canadian Rockies and famous for its Texas-style cattle ranches and oilfields, used to be Canada’s most conservative province…

    As background, it’s worth being aware that Alberta’s Progressive Conservative party, which ran the province for decades until the NDP got in last year, was never conservative. For example, it far out-spent other provinces on a per-capita basis. Had it not been for the efforts of groups like the Alberta Taxpayers Federation, the PCs would have — to an even greater extent than they did — solved every political problem by reaching for the public’s collective wallet.

    Led by politicians like Ed “Red Ed” Stelmach, the Alberta Tories maintained a ruthless, totalitarian “human rights commission” that served to crush free speech and police progressivist values. When it came time to pick a new leader a couple of years back, the PCs selected one Alison Redford, who had been groomed by the transnational, unaccountable uber-elite that float around the likes of the unelected UN and the EU regimes. Her selection was no accident… it was an honest expression of the deep political fraud being perpetrated on Albertans by the decidedly un-conservative Progressive Conservative party.

    The above goes a long way toward explaining why the PCs were finally dethroned. Feckless, self-serving and hollow, the PCs learned you can’t beat something with nothing.

    Accordingly, one could make a good argument that Canada’s most conservative province is Saskatchewan.

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