School District Offers They/Them/Tree Pronoun Lesson

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A Michigan school district is defending teaching elementary school students how to use novel and sex-neutral pronouns.

Administrators at Schavey Road Elementary School in DeWitt, Michigan, sent parents a letter on April 11 telling them of the school’s plan to teach students about pronouns. The book used for the lesson will be They She He Me: Free to Be! by Maya Gonzalez, which features cartoon pictures of men and women using interchangeable pronouns, according to Fox News.

The letter stated the students would read the book, practice “using the pronouns ‘they/them’ and what to do if we make a mistake with pronouns,” and “learn that it’s not ok to change someone’s pronouns on purpose and to always try to use the pronouns that people want to be called,” per The Center Square.

Examples of novel pronouns that are part of the lesson plan include “tree” and “zie,” according to Fox News.

“On the inside, you may not feel like a he or she at all,” the book reads. It also promotes the notion that students can feel both “she” and “he.” The book further instructs students to use “they” pronouns whenever they observe someone not using a pronoun. Students will also be taught how to create their own pronouns outside of “he” and “she” as a way to be addressed by people from the public.

“Call me old fashioned, but I think First Graders should learn how to spell They/Them and use it in a sentence to describe multiple people,” Michigan mother and political consultant Tori Sachs posted online about the lesson plan, per The Center Square. “They don’t need to be indoctrinated into woke-ism in public elementary school.”

The school district reportedly said that parents would be able to opt their children out of the lesson.

As previously reported by The Dallas Express, Dallas ISD faced public scrutiny earlier this year for publishing a resource guide for students seeking to “socially transition.”

DX contacted Dallas ISD to ask if it maintains a particular pronoun policy or pronoun lesson plan but did not hear back by publication.

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