Editor’s note: The following letter was written to Irasburg Village School teacher Sam Carbonetti, who last week gave eighth-grade students the option to introduce themselves to the class with their “preferred pronouns.”
I’m concerned as a parent that students of the 8th grade class are being pressured to normalize the use of pronouns as related to their identity.
Today, my son was pressured and encouraged to share pronouns with his peers in 8th grade Humanities at IVS.
He stated that it was expected, and created tension in the class. He said that he and other students in the class did not want to do this, but felt pressured to share in this manner.
I don’t think this acceptable, and believe it is an invasion of privacy for any students who may be struggling with their identity in the community.
Can you please explain why this was necessary? And what need there was for requiring this in the class?
Also, please send me any information in your lesson plan related to “identity” in the curriculum. The online syllabus is vague and shared nothing about identity in humanities.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Ben Morley (parent of a student at Irasburg Village School)