- The superintendent of Lincoln Public Schools in Nebraska is explaining the district's controversial gender identity training.
- In an attempt to teach gender equality, the district suggested teachers refer to their students in gender-neutral terms, such as "campers" or "purple penguins."
- While the suggestions have caused quite a stir, Superintendent Steve Joel explains they were just that — suggestions.
The nicknames were not mandates, but rather tips for teachers dealing with sexual identity in their classrooms. Specifically, the handouts with the suggestions were given to teachers so they could compassionately and kindly deal with transgendered students. While the monikers may not be the best thought out, it shows great promise that the district is taking into consideration gender identity and how it may affect classroom culture.