Judge grants stay in Equality Utah's challenge of school policies

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  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    April 18, 2017 12:08 p.m.

    Really, the law prohibits positive talk about gay or transgender people? I doubt that.

    More likely it prohibits encouraging the lifestyle.

  • armchairQBonthehill Salt Lake City, UT
    April 17, 2017 3:17 p.m.

    Hmm . .I wonder if the inclusion of the "experiences of three unnamed Utah students in elementary, . . ." school is just the beginning of a movement to force elementary school teachers to address the use of gender neutral pronouns?

    In recent years, advocacy efforts have successfully brought the use of what they refer to as "proper pronoun usage" to many of our college classrooms. With this court challenge by Equality Utah, it certainly raises the issue of what is next?

    The State Board of Education core specifies "pronouns" are to be taught in 3rd grade - which, cognitively and developmentally may actually be (on average) a year too early for most 3rd graders to fully conceptualize. Can you imagine the developmental challenge it would be for 3rd grade teachers to be required by law to not only teach he, she, them (plural) and us, with they, them, and theirs (which apparently can be singular)? Then add to the mix "new English" terms "ze" (pronounced zee) and "hir" (pronounced here) when referring to those who don't want to be referred to by traditional he and she pronouns, will complicate things on a magnitude no one can possibly predict. Be prepared . . .