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Teachers told to not say ‘girls’
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19.10.2018

Teachers told to not say ‘girls’

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Teachers in the UK have been advised to stop calling female pupils “girls” as it “reminds them of their gender”.
The UK Government’s former mental health Tsar Natasha Devon told teachers at the UK’s top schools to use gender-neutral language toward their students.
According to The Telegraph, Devon told the Girls’ School Association she would “never walk into a room in an-all girls’ school and say ‘girls’ or ‘ladies’”.
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Instead, she recommended using gender-neutral labels like “pupils” or “students”.
Devon said calling students “girls” reminded them of their gender and “all the stereotypes that go with it”. For example, she said the word “boys” encouraged students to be “macho” and to not talk about their feelings.
Her comments have sparked a spirited debate in the UK. On Good Morning Britain, Piers Morgan railed against Devon. “It’s preposterous. Utterly preposterous.”
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“It’s over. No more boys, no more girls. No more men, no more women. It’s over. The world is over,” Morgan said. He added that people who “agree with this garbage” were “virtue signalling clowns”.
“You’re the only one obsessed with this,” Morgan’s co-host Susanna Reid told him. “Should we talk about the more serious issues in the world?” she asked.
Good Morning Britain ran a poll on Twitter, asking: “Should we stop calling female pupils girls because it reminds them of their gender?”
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At the time of writing, over 13,000 had responded, with 96 per cent saying: “No.”
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