The Minnesota Department of Education has suggested a very counter-intuitive solution to address the objections of those complaining that they are being segregated because of their differences.
Their answer is, believe it or not, more segregation.
As the Daily Caller reports:
Minnesota’s Department of Education has released an advisory to all K-12 schools to “segregate” students who raise objections to the state’s new mandate for transgender locker rooms and bathrooms.
This advisory, a “toolkit” titled “Safe and Supportive Schools for Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students”, seeks to protect transgender students from, for example, girls who object to showering near a student with male genitalia.
According to the report, this is in order to avoid “stigmatizing the transgender or gender nonconforming student.”
One wonders, however, if the girl in the aforementioned example may herself feel stigmatized by being segregated.
Or how a transgender might react to having other students removed in order to avoid him or her.
Minnesota’s Star Tribune reports:
The toolkit stems from a desire to combat bullying in schools, said state Human Rights Commissioner Kevin Lindsey.
Opponents said it goes too far.
“Concerns of gender-conforming students and parents are ignored and dismissed” by the toolkit, said John Helmberger, CEO of the Minnesota Family Council.
While the toolkit won approval, it could face legal challenges by school districts, according to the Minnesota Family Council.
One parent echoed the view of many opponents of the toolkit by complaining “The toolkit encourages teachers to teach false conceptions of gender.”
And as state representative Tim Miller added, “I do not see sensitivities to a 13-year-old Christian girl or a kindergarten boy who cannot possibly have a sexual orientation.”
It is difficult to see this Minnesota solution being effective.
Besides the potential problems already mentioned here, there may also be a problem with impracticality.
Estimates are that only 0.6 percent of the population is transgender.
If there are 842,000 K-12 students in the Minnesota school system and 0.6 percent of those students are transgender, that would mean only about 5,000 students are “gender non-conforming.”
But that number most likely pales in comparison to the number of students who would prefer not to shower with them.