Last Updated on December 29, 2022
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is instructing school administrators to adopt a self-assessment that will measure how “inclusive” their district is for the LGBT community.
“School administrators: Our LGBTQ inclusivity self-assessment tool can help you quickly gauge inclusivity at your school. See your score today and learn ways to increase inclusivity,” the CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) in a tweet this past Tuesday, December 27. The tweet then linked to a handbook titled, “LGBTQ Inclusivity in Schools: A Self-Assessment Tool.”
The handbook defines inclusiveness as “the presence of clear policies or practices that address the needs of LGBTQ students who might otherwise be excluded or marginalized due to factors such as sexual orientation and gender identity/expression.”
Under the guidelines, teachers, school staff and administrators are instructed to measure their commitment to inclusivity through a number of assessments. They are then instructed to determine whether they fall into one of three categories: “Mostly A’s,” who are classified as exceptionally inclusive, “Mostly B’s,” who are seen as on the right path to maximum inclusivity, and “mostly C’s,” which describes educators and staff who are not adequately inclusive.
In one example, test takers who answer that gender and sexual orientation is always unique and can be “experienced on a continuum” receive an “A” rating under the handbook’s criteria. Those who do not agree with that statement are given a “C” rating.
For administrators, those who assure that school events such as homecoming and pep rallies include both gender-conforming and non-gender-conforming couples are given an A rating, as are those who provide bathrooms and locker rooms where students are free to pick based on the gender identity of their choosing.
As for teachers, those who display LGBT-themed decorations such as pride flags in their classrooms, receive “A” ratings. Such ratings are also doled out to teachers who “present information on all types of sex, not centering on penis/vagina penetrative sex” and describe the human anatomy and physiology as separate from gender using terms like “body with a penis,” The Epoch Times reported.
The CDC’s tweet has generated backlash among a number of parental rights in education activists and Republican politicians.
“The Biden CDC is a radical leftwing agency that pushes politics instead of science. The CDC should NOT be using your tax dollars to tell children that they can ‘change’ their gender,” U.S. Rep. Mary Miller (R-IL) wrote in a tweet. “I will oppose ALL funding for Biden’s agenda to surgically & chemically castrate young children!”
“Shocking that the same agency that worked hand-in-glove with the unions to keep schools closed is now pushing this controversial guidance,” said Nicki Neily, founder and president of Parents Defending Education.
A number of public school districts across the nation have adopted similar guidelines, many of which instruct teachers to keep their students’ “gender identity” a secret from parents if necessary.