A UK principal recently announced the decision to ban certain "divisive" and "sexist" phrases throughout her school, such as "good morning boys and girls".
More and more schools are now trying to be inclusive and are banning terms and signs that might point towards sexism. Recently, a school in the UK announced the ban of "divisive" and "sexist" phrases throughout her school, such as "good morning boys and girls".
Sarah Hewitt Clarkson, principal of Anderton Park Primary in Birmingham, appeared on the UK news and talk show Good Morning Britain where she disclosed that the new language rules introduced in her school aim to reduce a gender divide and include those individuals who may not identify as either sex.
“Of course, we use the words “boys and girls” but when the school has come together for an assembly using the phrase "good morning everyone" is more inclusive.”
According to her, saying "good morning boys and girls" is "a slightly strange way of dividing a room of people".
She further explained,
“There maybe a couple of children in schools who don’t really identify as a boy or a girl so 'good morning everyone' is a far more inclusive way of saying everyone instead of choosing a division that is one particular characteristic of your person.”
She also said that she wants to tackle the issue of sexist language by banning phrases such as "man up". The fact that boys are told 'man up, grow a pair, don’t cry, boy's don’t cry' is very damaging for them.
Children at a primary school have been taught to reject the use of “sexist” language by teachers. Phrases banned include “man up”, “grow a pair” and even “boys and girls”.— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) April 29, 2021
But should we really be teaching toddlers about sexism? pic.twitter.com/ZLhzVSm0z3
Clarkson added that both abusers and bullies will use this "fear" as a weapon, as she explains,
“If boys are told 'boys aren't afraid', 'boys don't get scared, 'boys don't talk about their feelings, then where are they going to go when they are afraid?”
Students at the school are also encouraged to call out their teachers or guests if they hear any of the banned phrases - with two children selected at the end of the week for highlighting the best examples.
Viewers who saw the interview are loving what Clarkson is doing and are in support of the new language rules put forth by her.
Article source: VT