A webinar hosted by the U.S. Department of Education designed to help teachers across the nation with “best practices” on the hot-button issue of transgenderism advised educators to use inclusive language in science class.
In particular, a Denver-based high school biology teacher said during the webinar that “not all women produce eggs and also not all egg producers are women.”
“We are teaching students that language matters,” said teacher Sam Long during the “Lessons from the Field – Supporting Transgender & Nonbinary Students in K-12 Schools” webinar.
It was held in April but started making headlines this week when a clip of Long’s comments was shared Oct. 11 by the Twitter account “Inside the Classroom,” which bills itself as “providing receipts that refute ‘it’s not happening.'”
During the roughly two-minute clip, Long said:
In our classroom we need to be a stickler for inclusive language in any conversation and especially in the content that we teach.
… I’ve mostly taught biology and we’re teaching about life and living things. We need to be clear that we are including all living things, including all people in that.
… A lot of textbooks, a lot of existing teaching will say, ‘Well, women produce eggs. Males are more likely to be colorblind. The mother carries the fetus for this many months.’
And some ways that we can show our support for trans and non-binary students is just to clean up that language, be more precise. We can be more accurate and be more inclusive.
So I would say, ‘No, it’s not women that produce eggs, it’s ovaries that produce eggs.’ That’s accurate, that’s precise. We are acknowledging that not all women produce eggs and also not all egg producers are women, for example. And we are teaching students that language matters.
ABC 13 in Denver reported Long teaches at Denver South High School and has worked with others to create “gender-inclusive biology” curriculum resources, “which he promotes to educators across the country.”
This teacher at Denver South High School explains that to be inclusive he/she(?) teaches the students in biology that “It’s not women who produce eggs, it’s ovaries that produce eggs.” pic.twitter.com/8Eom23DtcO
— 👁 Inside The Classroom (@EITC_Official) October 12, 2022
The U.S. Department of Education hosted the webinar “to address hot topics that are on the top of the educators’ minds. After sharing federal updates, the series features lessons learned and best practices from faculty, staff, schools, districts, institutions of higher education, and other places of educational instruction,” the agency stated.
The nearly two-hour presentation from April 13 is also available online.
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