A concerned parent contacted Parents Defending Education regarding his child’s receipt of a Google Form to complete on the first day of class for eighth grade at ET Richardson Middle School. One question asked students to identify their pronouns. The question asked: “What is your preference for pronouns?” The options were “He”, “She” or “They”. The parent explained that the question was not optional and that the form was not on the school’s Canvas platform.
After mentioning the problem at school, she said her child was given a paper form to fill out. She explained that she had been told by the school that the online form would make the question optional, but she said that had not yet happened. The form also asks students other questions, such as their favorite movies and songs.
The school district – Springfield School District – has set up a Politics for “transgender” students on January 12, 2017. The policy explains that the district is “committed to creating a safe and inclusive learning environment for all students, free from discrimination, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, their gender identity or gender expression”. and to ensure that every student has equal access to all components of the educational program.
The policy includes definitions of the terms “gender identity,” “transgender,” “gender transition,” and “sex-segregated facilities.” The definition of “gender identity” explains that the term “refers to one’s internal sense of gender, which may be different from the sex assigned to one, and which is consistently and uniformly affirmed most or all of the time. , or for which there is other evidence that gender identity is sincerely held as part of the individual’s core identity. The definition of “gender transition” explains that the term is “the process by which transgender people begin to affirm the sex that corresponds to their gender identity instead of the sex that was assigned to them at birth”.