Fifth Graders Will Be Forced to Use 'Person Who Produces Sperm' or 'Person Who Produces Eggs' Instead of Male and Female in Health/Science Unit in Vermont -
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Fifth Graders Will Be Forced to Use ‘Person Who Produces Sperm’ or ‘Person Who Produces Eggs’ Instead of Male and Female in Health/Science Unit in Vermont

The health/science unit for fifth graders at Founders Memorial School in Essex Junction, Vermont will now refer to individuals as “person who produces sperm” or “person who produces eggs” instead of using the terms “male” or “female.”

This is the letter sent to parents:

Dear 5th Grade Families and Caregivers,

It is time for our science/health unit about the human body focused on puberty and the human reproductive systems. This unit will take place during the last few months of school. We will focus on the physical and emotional changes that occur during puberty and briefly introduce the basic structure and function of human reproductive systems. Students will be participating in whole group discussions and have private reflection time. There will also be three interview opportunities coming home throughout the unit.

In an effort to align our curriculum with our equity policy, teachers will be using gender inclusive language throughout this unit. With any differences, we strive to use “person-first” language as best practice. You will see examples of this below.

We will be using the following language with students:

  • Person who produces sperm in place of boy, male, and assigned male at birth.
  • Person who produces eggs in place of girl, female and assigned female at birth.

We are working on editing worksheets and handouts to reflect these changes but you may see some worksheets that have not changed yet.

Parents Defending Education blasted the changes in a statement to Fox News.

“Speaking about anyone in this way is dehumanizing in any context but these new language rules specifically apply to a health unit for 5th graders about puberty and reproduction,” a spokesperson said.

“It is clear that the school has decided to be derelict in their duty to educate students in the name of equity. If anyone is wondering what it looks like when an elementary school has been captured by gender ideology, this is it,” the spokesperson continued.

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