Scott W. (who seems to be getting a lot of hat tips lately--you can pay me later, Scott) has repeatedly hinted (though as he says, half joking) that the leftist overlords are working towards a modern revival of the Test Acts. The Test Acts, if you recall, were English anti-Catholic laws that required people fulfilling civil or military office to take various oaths, including an oath rejecting belief in the doctrine of Transubstantiation.
But I bet you never would have guessed that one of the most explicit examples of a test act in the United States would be for school children.
The Massachusetts Department of Education has issued guidelines for public schools to help them in dealing with "transgender" students. Here is an exact quotation from a sample letter from a principal to teachers concerning a male-to-female "transgender" student (emphasis added):
The student John Smith wishes to be referred to by the name Jane Smith, a name that is consistent with the student’s female gender identity. Please be certain to use the student’s preferred name in all contexts, as well as the corresponding pronouns. It is my expectation that students will similarly refer to the student by her chosen name and preferred pronouns. Your role modeling will help make a smooth transition for all concerned. If students do not act accordingly, you may speak to them privately after class to request that they do. Continued, repeated, and intentional misuse of names and pronouns may erode the educational environment for Jane. It should not be tolerated and can be grounds for student discipline. If you need any assistance to make sure that Jane Smith experiences a safe, nondiscriminatory classroom atmosphere, please contact me or Ms. O’Neill.
So let's get this straight: John Smith is a boy. He possesses male organs. He was born a boy. He's decided that in his heart or his Cartesian soul or something like that he's "really" a girl. Now he demands to be referred to as Jane. If other children refuse to call John by the pronoun "she," they will be punished. The other children must play along with John's gender confusion by referring to him as a girl, by calling him "Jane" and "she," or they will receive school discipline.
What about bathrooms and locker rooms? Here are some charming thoughts on that topic:
In all cases, the principal should be clear with the student (and parent) that the student may access the restroom, locker room, and changing facility that corresponds to the student’s gender identity.
Some students may feel uncomfortable with a transgender student using the same sex-segregated restroom, locker room or changing facility. This discomfort is not a reason to deny access to the transgender student. School administrators and counseling staff should work with students to address the discomfort and to foster understanding of gender identity, to create a school culture that respects and values all students.
Got that? So if your daughter doesn't want to use the locker room and be on swim team (see the section on sports participation) with John, who thinks he's a girl, that's tough luck. We want a school culture that respects and values all students. Except the normal ones, that is. They have to play insane pretend games, not object to using the bathroom with members of the opposite sex, or be punished. So much for a safe and comfortable school environment.
Make no mistake: This is not just going to be a Massachusetts thing. Nor should you assume that your local public school is going to be immune long term. It will happen at some point that some boy wants to pretend to be a girl, or vice versa, and that your principal will believe that it is legally required for everyone to play along. I'm sorry to say that this will probably affect charter schools as well. My own opinions on sending children to public schools are not exactly a secret. This is just reason #503, 694, 845 against doing so.
By the way, I got this story originally from an article on Fox. And guess what? It checks out. Please note that all my quotes have been from the actual Massachusetts DOE document. Just chalk that one up next time some lefty sneers and acts like Todd Starnes at Fox is a sort of perfect philosophical knave, useful for probability exercises, who always tells lies.