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On Monday evening we told you about the Johnston School District asking its “gifted students” about pronouns and what pronouns students want to be used with their parents.

There is also a teacher called Jessica Dowell who included this Student Info Form, which asks students if their pronouns can be used in front of the class, when Dowell contacts home and in front of other teachers.

Dowell said that students are informed they are not “obligated” to answer any question they don’t want to — or any question at all. She said at that point the class uses it as an introduction into the concept of “cause and effect,” discussing what they think will happen if they refuse to complete any of the survey and how cause and effect is a historical thinking skill.

Another teacher called Tyler Kirkholm, a middle school teacher, asked students for their pronouns and how they’d like to be addressed when he talks with their parents.

Somewhat ironically, a teacher called Sara Howe asked about pronouns on a Biology in the Environment survey.

Johnston Middle School art students were given a survey. The first question was about their pronouns.

Pronouns were also the first question asked by Kristi Buhr on her Advanced ILA survey.

Rick Brooks used a “get to know me” presentation that asked for the preferred pronouns of students.

Spanish students were asked for their preferred pronouns, and the question was required to be answered.

Biotechnology students were asked for their preferred pronouns.

Eighth-grade Language Arts students were asked about preferred pronouns in the final question of their survey.

There were plenty of other teachers who asked students for their preferred pronouns. The Iowa Standard requested surveys asking for such information from students in grades 6-12.


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