UK teacher brands pupils ‘despicable’ in gender row

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According to a recording uploaded online, a British schoolteacher scolded her Year 8 students of possessing “despicable” ideas and threatened to report them after they stated that there can only be two genders.

The 3.5-minute audio clip was recorded during class at Rye College in East Sussex, one of eleven primary schools administered by the Aquinas Trust, which is affiliated with the Church of England. On Monday, British media reported on the occurrence.

The anonymous teacher can be heard fighting with two girls during the lecture about the premise that there can only be two genders. One of them claims that gender is tied to biology and that she expects her point of view to be respected, just as she does different points of view on the subject.

The teacher responds, “It’s just not an opinion,” and informs the students that there are three biological sexes, including intersex, and that “there are many genders.”

“You were talking about the fact that cisgender is the norm, that you identify with the gender of the sexual organ you were born with, or you’re weird,” the teacher states as the kids protest. That’s basically what you’re saying, which is disgusting.”

She then accuses the pupils of homophobia, which they categorically refute. The teacher escalates the conversation by claiming that a person’s gender identification “is not an opinion” and that “if you don’t like it, you need to go to a different school.”

“You need to have a proper educational conversation about equality, diversity, and inclusion because I’m not having that expressed in my lesson,” she continues, after announcing her intention to report the kids to a higher.

“I understand the point the teacher was attempting to make,” said the parent of one of the students who received the identical lesson, according to The Telegraph. “What bothers me is the shutting down of debate in such a threatening and aggressive manner, which I don’t believe is appropriate in an educational setting.”

Rye College, according to a spokeswoman, is “committed to providing our students with an inclusive education.” According to the statement, teachers encourage pupils to “ask questions and engage in discussion,” and they strive to answer “sensitively and honestly.” The school stated that it was investigating the incident in order to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.