The American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the largest teachers’ union in the country, demonstrated its support for teachers maintaining a level of secrecy around students’ sexual behavior, such as their so-called “gender identity,” even if it includes going so far as keeping such information from their parents.
According to Fox News, AFT’s website features a “Share My Lesson” presentation which includes a series of cards that teachers can use in the classroom, categorized as being for “all” grades.
“Something as simple as a Student Introduction Card could make a student feel seen and affirmed,” the website post reads. The lesson was created by the AFT’s Vision and Mission of the Identity Affirming Classroom Team. The cards feature a number of questions that teachers can ask the students about themselves, including their preferred pronouns, and whether or not they want their parents to know about their different pronouns.
“Can I call you this name outside of class?” one of the cards says. “May I use these pronouns when calling home?”
The website goes on to say that the AFT “believes an equitable learning community must engage and nurture authentic, inclusive relationships that cultivate student identity… [and] affirm the whole person.”
“Gender pronouns, while not always stagnant throughout the year, can be equally important to a student’s identity as the pronunciation of names, language of origin, race, or nationality,” the site continues. “The harsh reality is that language can be an act of oppression or an act of resistance. When marginalized groups experience oppression in the classroom through misgendering, not only can it be difficult to feel safe enough to learn, but sometimes it can also be reflected in the suicide rates of young people.”
Also included is a list of LGBTQ+ vocabulary and various gender identities, including the term “two-spirited.” This new phrase has been described by proponents as a “mixed-gender consciousness that results from being born with both a male and female soul; people with two spirits inhabiting one body through a continuum of gender identity variations and attractions.”
The AFT has previously expressed support for the practice of indulging in some students’ delusions through the use of pronouns. In June, the AFT published an article as part of their “AFT Voices” series, in which Amber Chandler, a president of a union affiliate of AFT, lamented the fact that “it is still not the norm in my middle school to ask the simple question: Which pronouns do you prefer?”