New Brunswick’s Minister of Education is considering requiring parental consent before teachers are permitted to call their children with random pronouns — something that teachers are currently allowed to do.
Minister Bill Hogan has not provided comment on the matter while the policy is under review, but admitted parental backlash sparked the debate.
But Hogan did confirm he’s reviewing Policy 713, made to support LGBT students, “after hearing concerns and misunderstandings of its implementation.”
One section under review says that teachers need to respect students’ preferred pronouns, even if the child declines to inform his or her parents.
For students under 16, schools are required to ask parents for consent before changing a child’s name on a report card and other official documents.
But if the student requests a new name and pronouns from teachers informally — in person — then teachers are told to do so without getting parental consent.
Advocates for the current policy claim some children would face harsh repercussions at home if their parents learn their gender identity suddenly changed.
But Hogan and New Brunswick Premier Bill Higgs said this policy results in “keeping secrets” from parents. Hogan said he believes parents have a right to know something significant as their little girl suddenly identifying as a boy, or something else altogether.
His review of the Policy (713) started April 21.
The New Brunswick Teachers’ Association said they have not been brought into the review.
Other sections under review from Policy 713 related to trans women playing on women’s sports teams, and allowing students to use whatever washroom they want.
As previously reported by The Counter Signal, parents are getting fed up with the radical gender ideology pushed in schools. Read about it here: https://thecountersignal.com/parents-reject-politicized-pride-keep-kids-home/