Don't address them as boy and girls... call them purple penguins: Nebraska school district issues politically-correct advice to teachers to make students gender inclusive
In an attempt to get rid of 'gendered space,' a school district in Nebraska has asked instructors to stop using words like 'boys and girls.'
The Journal Star found the Lincoln Public Schools system circulated a handout for the new year, telling teachers to use specific terms like 'purple penguins' instead.
The instructional handout, entitled '12 easy steps on the way to gender inclusiveness,' listed step 2 as: 'Don't use phrases such as ”boys & girls," ”you guys,” ”ladies and gentlemen," and similarly gendered expressions to get kids’ attention.'
'Instead say things like ”calling all readers," or ”hey campers" or "could all of the athletes come here." Create classroom names and then ask all of the ”purple penguins" to meet at the rug,' it read.
Administrators at the district had focused on transgender students before the start of the school year in order to be able to spot issues before they arise.
In addition to training, administrators passed around a profile of a transgendered person in the local news and Time Magazine's cover story on the issue.