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A school district in Lincoln, Neb. advised teachers to not use gender expressions by calling students “boys and girls” or “ladies and gentlemen.”

It’s all part of an effort to promote gender inclusiveness.

According to, a handout called “12 easy steps on the way to gender inclusiveness” encouraged teachers to use more generic phrases like campers, readers, athletes, or even purple penguins.

The handout also advised teachers to avoid using the word “normal” to define behaviors, and  separating students by gender, but instead use birthdays or preference. Teachers could ask students whether they prefer skateboards or bikes, milk or juice, dogs or cats, etc.

“Always ask yourself, ‘Will this configuration create a gendered space?’” said in Step 1 of the handout.

The school’s principal told the Lincoln JournalStar that the handouts were suggestions for teachers, not students or parents, on how to make students feel comfortable.

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  • Phil Lauricella

    This is absolute stupidity by the district. Don’t we have other pressing problems to solve? Why are the terms Gentleman and Ladies bad all of a sudden. I think that using those terms might help bring civility back into not only the classroom but society in general….Students don’t need to be “comfortable”, they need to study and do the job they have, being students.

  • Martin

    purple penguins LMFAO. Whoever came up with this has been hitting the pipe lately, that is more than evident. Drug test those who came up with this moronic rule

  • JB

    I’m all for inclusiveness and trying to make the learning environment a safe place for all students, but this is just going to cause extra little difficulties for teachers. I call my students “ladies and gentlemen,” but I expect that if I have a student who doesn’t fit one of those categories, (s)he can talk to me about it and we can work out a solution. You try grouping up a classroom of kindergartners by preferences, which change every 10 seconds or by birthday, which half of them don’t know. Calling students to do something by gender usually divides the class into two fairly equal groups, which is what makes it so handy.

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