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School Issues Guide That Advises Against Using Words Like 'Mom,' 'Dad,' And 'Parents'

Photo Credit: New York Post

Photo Credit: New York Post

A New York City school sent out guides to its students and their guardians, encouraging them to alter their language in a bid to conform to gender identity preferences. The guide has also provided alternative terms to identities like “mom” and “dad.”

The 12-page memo, published by Grace Church School, provides a list of outdated terms which need to be replaced with “inclusive” terminology.

The memo reads in part:

  • Instead of saying, “boys and girls,” “guys,” “ladies,” and “gentleman,” say, “people,” “folks,” “friends,” “readers,” “mathematicians…”
  • Instead of saying, “sweetheart/honey/similar pet names” say, “child’s name or ‘child/friend in the blue shirt.'”
  • Instead of “assuming gender based on stereotypes,” people should “respectfully ask how they identify if familiar establishing a culture of sharing affirming pronouns in class.”
  • Instead of saying, “mom and dad,” say, “grown-ups,” “folks,” “or family.”
  • Instead of saying, “parents,” say, “grown-ups,” “folks,” “family,” “and guardians.
Photo Credit: New York Post

Photo Credit: New York Post

  • Instead of saying, “husband,” “wife,” “boyfriend,” “girlfriend,” say, “spouse/partner/significant other.”
  • Instead of saying, “a boy can’t marry a boy,” or “a girl can’t marry a girl,” say, “People can love and commit to whomever they please, it’s their choice who they marry.”
  • “If someone articulates sexual orientation is a choice rather than an identity,” respond by saying, “who we love/are attracted to is part of who we are.”
  • Instead of saying, “diverse/minority,” say, “person of color, marginalized identity/population.”
  • Instead of asking, “what religion are you?” ask “are any religious/faith traditions important to you?”
  • Instead of asking “What did you get for (any holiday)?” ask, “Do you celebrate holidays?”
  • Instead of saying, “Merry Christmas!/Happy Holidays!” say, “Have a great break!”
Photo Credit: New York Post

Photo Credit: New York Post

The memo also provided the following list of “outdated” terms that should not be used:

  • Colorblind—No one is color blind as it pertains to race. We see the skin tones of people and assumptions are made about how someone identifies racially.
  • Caucasian—the correct term is White. White is a more accurate description of light-skinned people of European descent.
  • Diverse person/student—referencing a person of color. A person is not diverse. A group of people can be diverse.
  • Traditional Family—we actively try to undo notions of a “typical” or “normal” family structure, each family is unique

“Real” parents—a preferred term is birth parents

Sources: The Daily Wire

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