As the father of a transgender child and also a former legislator, I ask that you reject these changes.
It is a matter of opinion and not of fact that "The 2021 Model Policies promoted a specific viewpoint aimed at achieving cultural and social transformation in schools." While respectful, I was pretty ignorant of trans issues before my son came out. To that end, I think the most helpful thing to realize when reviewing these new guidelines is that a young adult is not "changing their gender", rather those around them have a new realization of their gender. That is, for a true trans child their gender has been the same all along, it is merely the adults perception that has changed.
I would also like to point out that this model policy doesn't separate schools and parents, it injects government into the life of parents and a child. Asking teachers to police nicknames is just silly and waste of time... Christopher, a male, now goes by Chris and has long hair. Maybe the child is transitioning. Government to the rescue! Call the parents!
Maybe next we should have teachers contact the parents if their kids are dating another child because it might be a violation of the parental rights that their child dates someone...
In fact the proper teacher response to a gay or trans child is: Are, are they "coming out"?!? Who cares! Do they have poor grades and seems depressed... that is when you care and reach out to a school counselor.
There are many tricky issues around this topic but they involve permanent life decisions such as surgery. The school system won't be involved in these in any regard and the parent should have every traditional right over an unemancipated minor in these cases. Everything else is - names, dress, etc is transitory and not the government's business.
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