US - Canada Gender Inclusive Schools
A Social Justice Movement
US citizens have rights enshrined in the Bill of Rights. In 1957, a Civil Rights law for African-Americans was passed. It was then updated with the Civil Rights Act of 1965.
In March of 2019, the House of Representatives passed the Equality Act to “that would extend civil rights protections to LGBT people by prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The protections would extend to employment, housing, loan applications, education, public accommodations and other areas.” (ABC News)
The National Education Association didn’t wait for the Equality legislation. They sent instructions to all of their members and affiliates to implement programs to create Gender Inclusive Schools (Page 7).
Teachers Bringing the LGBTQ+ agenda direct to the classroom:
U.S. Department of Education
The program’s mission is to advance student outcomes by expanding opportunities for teacher leadership. This is achieved by providing resources, facilitating stakeholder consultation, and encouraging professional collaborations to develop and amplify the work of teacher leaders.
Teach to Lead envisions a world in which teachers are valued as the foremost experts in instruction and, as such, are leaders in developing, informing, and implementing education policy and practice to steer systemic improvements to benefit student learning.
Southern Poverty Law Center
Human Rights in Canada derive from the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
In 2016, the government of British Columbia added gender identity as a protected class in the BC Human Rights Code. The have a special system of tribunals for human rights violators. Just like any corporate personnel department, they’ve published a webpage on the rights and responsibilities of BC personnel (formerly citizens).
Canada is much more forthcoming about their social justice agenda in the schools perhaps because they are farther down the purple path than we are.
The report on the right was produced by the PRIDE Education Network (PRIDENET.CA). It was paid for with a Social Justice grant given by the B.C. Teacher’s Federation, Vancouver Elementary School Teachers’ Association and members of the PRIDE Education Network.
On page 22 (adobe), the report lists Curriculum changes:
• Use resources that reflect gender diversity on a regular basis. Select textbooks, storybooks, novels, worksheets, videos, music and websites that show people with non-stereotypical appearances, behaviours and/or interests…
• Teach students how to protect themselves from gender-based bullying and harassment. Ensure students know how to identify and respond to sexism, homophobia, and heterosexism.
UN Makes History on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity
“The United Nations Human Rights Council, in a defining vote, adopted a resolution on June 30, 2016, on “Protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation, and gender identity,” to mandate the appointment of an independent expert on the subject. It is a historic victory for the human rights of anyone at risk of discrimination and violence because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, a coalition of human rights groups said today. This resolution builds upon two previous resolutions, adopted by the Council in 2011 and 2014.”