I wonder when parents will wake up to the absolute contempt the mainstream media has for their role in the lives of their children. In the U.K., as I’ve consistently documented in this space, a correction seems to be underway. Here is how the Guardian described the latest (very positive) news:
Teachers will be forced to tell parents that their child is questioning their gender even if the young person objects under new guidance for schools in England, the equalities minister has indicated. Kemi Badenoch said that the guidance, which is expected to be published this week, will ensure that parents know what is “going on with their children” at school.
Look at the language being used there. Teachers will be “forced” to tell their parents, rather than simply be required not to keep secrets about children from their parents. Note the unsubtle use of quotation marks around “going on with their children,” a deliberate attempt to express cynicism about the motives here. The Guardian, like other media outlets, is attempting to lead the reader to a specific conclusion about this in an article billed as objective reporting (rather than commentary) – the conclusion that this policy is very bad, indeed.
In fact, this new policy is another indication that the U.K. is returning to some semblance of sanity. School staff are now required to consult with parents if children want to be referred to by another name or begin cross-dressing (wearing the uniform of the opposite gender). The same will likely apply to new “preferred pronouns,” which will require parental consent. The guidance also “advises teachers that any pupil who wants to self-identify as a different gender should first undergo a period of reflection, according to reports.” In an interview with the BBC, Minister Kemi Badenoch noted:
There’s quite a lot of confusion about what the law says and it is important that parents are aware of what’s going on with their children and what’s happening to them at school, so what we’re doing is making sure we have robust guidance that’s going to be able to stand up to scrutiny. That will be coming shortly.