Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Nat'l Review writer: Obama "just destroyed the traditional American public school"

David French
David French, a staff writer for the National Review does not like transgender accommodations in public schools. According to Mr. French:
You may not have realized it yet, but the Obama administration just destroyed the traditional American public school.
The Department of Justice and the Department of Education have declared that they now “interpret” federal law to not only support the fantastical notion that boys can become girls but also to impose new legal requirements that impact every aspect of school life.
That tells me all that we need to know. Once we get into “fantastical notion” territory I know that we are reading the words of a conservative Christian. In a single phrase, Mr. French dismisses the overwhelming consensus of medical and social science regarding gender dysphoria. It is rare (0.1% to 0.3% of the population) but it is very real. The simple fact is that sometimes biological males are really females and sometimes biological females are really males. It is a human condition that has been around for thousands of years.
Moreover, schools are prohibited from making any inquiry to ensure that the boys using girls’ facilities are, in fact, transgender. They can’t ask for medical documentation. They can’t ask for treatment information. They can’t ask for identification. They have to take the boy at his word.
Mr. French ignores that fact that there are transgender boys. But I digress. He is essentially correct but his outrage is gratuitous. Here is what the “Dear Colleague” letter says in that regard:
… when a student or the student’s parent or guardian, as appropriate, notifies the school administration that the student will assert a gender identity that differs from previous representations or records, the school will begin treating the student consistent with the student’s gender identity. Under Title IX, there is no medical diagnosis or treatment requirement that students must meet as a prerequisite to being treated consistent with their gender identity.
Does Mr. French honestly believe that someone will assert a different gender identity unjustifiably? Does he honestly think that someone volunteers to be the object of derision from religious zealots?

Later on:
The stakes are now clear: We must fix our education system or slowly but surely lose our culture. Indeed, virtually every other conservative endeavor — whether it’s winning elections, transforming media, or infiltrating pop culture — will fail if the entire edifice of public education is arrayed against us. The system, however, can’t be reformed from within: It’s stacked top-to-bottom with progressive activists even in red states.
By culture I suspect that Mr. French means religious influence. All this because we accommodate a few trans kids. What he is really afraid of is that the education system will turn out critical thinkers.

Later on with greater religious specificity:
America’s fractured Evangelical community still has enormous resources to allocate, but has traditionally showed little unity of purpose. However, in communities where pastors know and trust each other, joint effort isn’t just possible but arguably necessary.
Right because God help them if the schools turn out people who actually ask questions. And in conclusion (I have skipped over a great deal of material):
It’s not enough to sue the Obama administration, to protest, or to vote. It’s time to create and sustain excellent, accessible, and fiercely independent alternatives to the government’s schools. If we don’t, we lose. It’s that simple.
Again I ask the same question: Why is it such a big fucking deal to treat Jazz Jennings as a girl? That is what she is. It should not be controversial.

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