Schools should respect pronoun choice

By Jennifer Morales

There is this imaginary line drawn between gender pronouns.

Some agree with pronoun choices while others disagree.

The side that disagrees with pronoun choices believes that they should not be told how to refer to someone as a pronoun that they are not.

They believe that everyone should be identified by the pronoun they were biologically born with, which should be him, her, she or he.

The issues of the LGBTQ+ community have raised controversies for years and have recently been accepted by most.

Same sex marriage has been legalized in the United States and in more than 20 countries around the world.

Neutral restrooms in public spaces such as schools were an issue that many disagreed on, but some schools still made restrooms neutral to accommodate these concerns.

Members of this community have been more accepted by open-minded people, which have allowed many to come out to their friends and family.

There have been rallies, protests and days dedicated to the LGBTQ+ community.

Although it seems like we have been evolving, we may actually be backtracking.

Recently, a teacher in Florida was transferred to another school for sending out a letter to parents asking them to use neutral pronouns such as they, them and theirs toward the students.

This sparked when students at school began to declare themselves as non-binary, meaning students not referring to themselves as boy or girl.

Even though pronouns differentiate males and females, these students did not prefer those two pronouns, him or her.

If schools are not encouraging students to be themselves, then where should students feel free to embrace their uniqueness?

Schools have the responsibility to protect students against any harm. Schools have the responsibility to put students’ concerns first. Schools have the overall responsibility to care for students.

Using the preferred pronoun is one simple way schools can advocate these three goals for students: to protect, to educate and to care.

Some students feel like they are neither a boy nor a girl. Additionally, transgender students and other students in the community are also playing a role in pronoun choices.

He, she, him or her are all pronouns, but people forget that these pronouns should not necessarily be directed toward a specific sex.

Genders mean something different to every single person.

When it comes to students, pronouns become a concern because teachers and classmates automatically refer to each student as him or her since they base it on their sex, female or male.

However, students who prefer to be referred to as they, them, or no pronoun have the right to choose the pronouns they feel resonate with them.

Schools should not put a stop to this.

They should not make the students feel ashamed to speak up on their preferences.

Schools should make students feel comfortable enough to embrace their sexual orientation, their sexuality and their true selves.

Teachers who know and believe that the students deserve the respect they deserve should not be punished for doing a good deed.

In order to prevent this from happening again, students should be asked the pronoun they prefer either through a class survey or through letters sent in the mail.

Schools should make this easy for students and allow them to continue speaking their mind.

Genders mean something different to every single person

Valerie Mancia / The Poly Post

Genders mean something different to every single person

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