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    Re: School Told to Call Kids ‘Purple Penguins’ Because ‘Boys and Girls’ Is Not Inclus

    Yeah, I'm going to go with "not real."

    This is Snopes bait.

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    Re: School Told to Call Kids ‘Purple Penguins’ Because ‘Boys and Girls’ Is Not Inclus

    Hot damn am I good or what!

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    Claim: A school district in Lincoln, Nebraska has banned the use of gender pronouns and ordered teachers to use neutral terms such as "purple penguins" instead.

    MIXTURE:
    TRUE: Lincoln Public Schools have provided educators with materials to better understand gender identity issues.
    FALSE: The Lincoln school district has banned all reference to gender and discouraged use of gendered pronouns in favor of calling students "purple penguins."

    http://www.snopes.com/politics/educa...lepenguins.asp

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    Re: School Told to Call Kids ‘Purple Penguins’ Because ‘Boys and Girls’ Is Not Inclus

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    Hot damn am I good or what!

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    Claim: A school district in Lincoln, Nebraska has banned the use of gender pronouns and ordered teachers to use neutral terms such as "purple penguins" instead.

    MIXTURE:
    TRUE: Lincoln Public Schools have provided educators with materials to better understand gender identity issues.
    FALSE: The Lincoln school district has banned all reference to gender and discouraged use of gendered pronouns in favor of calling students "purple penguins."

    snopes.com: Nebraska School Bans Genders in Favor of 'Purple Penguins'


    Yeah I thought it was pretty much bs. I live in Omaha about 50 miles from Lincoln and I hadn't heard a word about it. If you listen to the radio interview with the superintendent that the article in the OP cites here: Episodes '10/1 LPS Superintendent Dr. Steve Joel' he provides a very clear intelligent understanding of this whole thing. Also, the material was provided only to one middle school.
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    Re: School Told to Call Kids ‘Purple Penguins’ Because ‘Boys and Girls’ Is Not Inclus

    Yeah, if it were true, I'd completely disagree with it. I agree with being sensitive to gender issues and the reasons the school district is taking this on, middle school is a time when LGBT kids are likely to be bullied, but "Purple Penguins" is rather ridiculous.

    However, the schools have not been instructed to, "stop referring to students by “gendered expressions” such as “boys and girls,” and use “gender inclusive” ones such as “purple penguins” instead."

    That is untrue.
    National Review cited paraphrased materials purportedly provided to educators that painted a picture of a full-scale ban on genders in the Lincoln school district:
    Read more at snopes.com: Nebraska School Bans Genders in Favor of 'Purple Penguins'

    They paraphrased materials from this website: https://www.genderspectrum.org/

    According to Lincoln Public Schools:

    The handouts, provided by a staff member on a district equity team, were meant only for teachers, not for students or parents, she said.

    And they were not meant as rules staff had to follow, but as suggestions for how teachers can make students feel comfortable. It also stresses the impact words can have on others, Leggiardo said.

    “If there’s a staff member that’s uninformed and unsupportive, that can be pretty scary for a family maybe struggling to understand transgender issues themselves,” she said.
    A parent who is challenging this policy with the school board doesn't mention "Purple Penguins", but cites this passage in her email to parents.
    "12 easy steps on the way to gender inclusiveness” that, among other things, advised avoiding “gendered” expressions such as “boys and girls.”

    The handout suggests opting for more specific terms such as “calling all readers” or “hey, campers.”
    LPS staff's transgender training concerns parents : Lincoln, NE Journal Star

    I applaud the Superintendent's efforts to be more inclusive of LGBT kids. I'm on the fence at how effective changing out pronouns might be, but making staff more aware of the issue, in general, is a good thing. IMO

    "Purple Penguins" is misleading, at least from what I found.
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    Re: School Told to Call Kids ‘Purple Penguins’ Because ‘Boys and Girls’ Is Not Inclus

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    Quote Originally Posted by PirateMk1 View Post
    No. Both men and women need backbone, emasculating people does nothing favorable for them. Women and men's success depends on how confident and aggressive they are. They must be able to question and challenge the status quo and to think beyond what exists currently. Confidence and aggression allows people to stand for themselves by themselves because they inevitably have tested themselves and see challenge as a further test to exceed their existing limits. Women and men these days in public schools are encouraged and cudgeled into being subservient and meek and to be part of a group without which they are almost helpless. Working with others is important but it should never be emphasized over being able to work and succeed on ones own. The ability to both is important. We can take a lesson from the lions on the African savannah, they hunt well as part of a pride, but they can hunt as well on their own. Their success as an alpha predator is due in large part because of this flexibility.
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    Re: School Told to Call Kids ‘Purple Penguins’ Because ‘Boys and Girls’ Is Not Inclus

    Quote Originally Posted by americanwoman View Post
    Yeah I thought it was pretty much bs. I live in Omaha about 50 miles from Lincoln and I hadn't heard a word about it. If you listen to the radio interview with the superintendent that the article in the OP cites here: Episodes '10/1 LPS Superintendent Dr. Steve Joel' he provides a very clear intelligent understanding of this whole thing. Also, the material was provided only to one middle school.
    Not sure what is 'not true' about the article. They confirmed the foolishness about the purple penguins, saying only it was 'offered as a guideline', not 'ordered to be used'. In other words...its true that is the curriculum. Its true that is what teachers were being given to use as a guideline.

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    Re: School Told to Call Kids ‘Purple Penguins’ Because ‘Boys and Girls’ Is Not Inclus

    Quote Originally Posted by VanceMack View Post
    Not sure what is 'not true' about the article. They confirmed the foolishness about the purple penguins, saying only it was 'offered as a guideline', not 'ordered to be used'. In other words...its true that is the curriculum. Its true that is what teachers were being given to use as a guideline.
    For one thing, the article quoted that the brochure was distributed to the all Lincoln public middle schools when in fact it was only distributed solely to the Irvington Middle School. It's misleading and not true the way it was written as it was not given to middle school teachers at Lincoln public schools it was teachers at one school.

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    Re: School Told to Call Kids ‘Purple Penguins’ Because ‘Boys and Girls’ Is Not Inclus

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    Wouldn't that be a positive thing for us?
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    Re: School Told to Call Kids ‘Purple Penguins’ Because ‘Boys and Girls’ Is Not Inclus

    Quote Originally Posted by americanwoman View Post
    For one thing, the article quoted that the brochure was distributed to the all Lincoln public middle schools when in fact it was only distributed solely to the Irvington Middle School. It's misleading and not true the way it was written as it was not given to middle school teachers at Lincoln public schools it was teachers at one school.

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    Im seeing where the superintendent of the school district acknowledges it. I'm not seeing where it is given only to one school, but even if that were the case...so what? It doesnt change the utter foolishness of what those people are doing.

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