If you believe that there are two genders, you cannot be a teacher in the state of New York, as one teaching student by the name of Owen Stevens discovered. Mr. Stevens was suspended by the state university from his teaching certification program for posting on Instagram that he believes that “a man is a man, and a woman is a woman.” This, they claim, means that he cannot create an environment that is inclusive of all students. His suspension will continue until he completes a reeducation program and renounces his earlier statements. The Dean of the college claims that future teachers are required to support all aspects of homosexuality and gender identity.

To his credit, Mr. Stevens is refusing to do so. The Dean told Stevens that his scientific stance on biology is “in conflict” with the state’s Dignity for All Students Act. A SUNY Geneseo spokeswoman said that the school does not believe that it is infringing on any student’s right to free speech.

“Although we cannot comment on any particular student, SUNY Geneseo respects every student’s right to freedom of speech and expression,” the spokeswoman said. “By choosing to enter into certain professional fields, students agree to abide by the professional standards of their chosen field. At times, these professional standards dictate that students act and behave in certain ways that may differ from their personal predilections.”

Up until this school year, I taught Biology. When we reached the section on human genetics and reproduction, I would talk about how the X and Y chromosomes determined if a person was a male or a female. I would always get the question about transgender. My statement was like this: “When you get down to basics, the Y chromosome has one job: it tells the developing fetus to grow a penis, and tells it to develop male secondary sex and gender characteristics. So a person either has a Y chromosome and a penis, or they don’t. Male or female, that’s it. Anything else is not supported by biology and would fall into the realm of psychology.”

Every once in awhile, a student would reply with: “What about those born with intersex characteristics, where they have both sets of genitals?” To which I would reply, “That is a birth defect, an abnormality in fetal development. When children are born without arms, we do not declare them to be snakes, likewise, a child born with incomplete dual genitalia are abnormal. They do not define the rest of human development. Such individuals are less than one in a thousand live births, and do not excuse people with normal genitalia for the delusional belief that they can select their own biology, even when their DNA plainly states otherwise. That is a psychological problem, not a biological one.”

That statement would mean that I am not qualified to teach in New York.


Techiedude · February 27, 2021 at 9:12 am

I, for one, am sick of the delusion.

People make crap up and then start to believe it as holy writ.

joe · February 27, 2021 at 1:00 pm

the left…believe in the science…unless it contradicts what we want you to believe…fing morons…

SiG · February 27, 2021 at 2:36 pm

“That statement would mean that I am not qualified to teach in New York.”

I’m surprised they let you teach in Florida. From your stories, I can’t tell them apart without more clues.

AC47spooky · February 27, 2021 at 4:46 pm

Seems like private schools are going to be the answer. Personally, I believe that the part of my property tax going to public education should come under my discretion and direction as to what educational institution I decide it should go to. Yeah — like that will happen anytime soon.

    Chipmunk · February 27, 2021 at 5:51 pm

    Until they yank accreditation of said schools… then disallow home schooling, under penalty of having your children taken from you.

      Nolan Parker · February 27, 2021 at 11:37 pm

      I really appreciated the logical and succinct argument about how if a child is born without arms, we don’t call them a snake , and it went on,,,
      It’s a screwed up world when the truth is not a defense.
      Good for the young teacher.

why · March 8, 2021 at 9:18 pm

Going through my medical training (80s, 90s), when a patient said they were a unicorn, that was a delusion and I would refer them to psychiatry. Now when a patient says they are a unicorn, I am expected to accept it as fact. The inmates truly do run the asylum now.

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