A Minneapolis middle school teacher disclosed that she offers to hide her students’ preferred name and pronouns from their parents.
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Mandi Jung, a science teacher at Highland Park Middle School, shares teaching materials on her personal website. Among them is a survey she presents to students at the beginning of each year asking the middle schoolers to write their preferred name and pronouns, per a Fox News report.
After the students disclose this information, the survey asks if the teacher is allowed to use the preferred name and pronouns when speaking to parents.
Additionally, Jung uses the survey to ask if she can use the alternative name and pronouns in front of other teachers at the school.
When Fox asked for comment on the situation, a spokesperson for the school district referred to an existing policy which states the district will “Respect all students’ gender identity and gender expression by honoring the right of students to be identified and addressed by their preferred name and pronoun.”
Conservatives and parental rights activists slammed the teacher and the district for hiding crucial student information from parents.
“That we live in a country where schools are actively pushing kids to change their gender and hide it from their parents is something I never thought I would face as a parent,” The Southeastern Legal Foundation’s Kimberly S. Hermann told Fox.
She also suggested the survey violates federal law.
“Surveys like this one not only violate the law, but they are aimed at separating children from their parents. Parents must know that when schools ask children about their emotional health, sexual identity, and family relationships without parental consent they violate federal law,” Hermann said.
This incident is not isolated. Woke educators and teachers union’s are introducing policies that undermine parental rights in the classroom across the country.
For instance, America’s Federation of Teachers, led by Randi Weingarten suggests educators use a “student introduction card” which asks students similar questions about preferred name and pronouns and is designed to conceal the sensitive information from parents.