NSTA Guide Advises Against the Use of “Parent,” “Male,” Female,” “Mother” and “Father”

In academia, there have been growing controversies over language guides and usages, including the use of pronouns that some object to as matters of religion or grammar. Now the largest association of science teachers in the world has issued a guide for “anti-oppression” terminology for science teachers. In the guide, titled “Gender-Inclusive Biology: A framework in action,” the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) has called for “gender-inclusive biology,” which includes the abandonment of terms like “parent,” “men,” “women,” “mother,” and “father.” 

Under the guide, mothers are now referred to as “persons with ovaries” in reference to reproduction cycles while fathers are now “persons with testes.” Additionally, the association declares the move of various states toward “Sex verification in sports” as an example of oppression.

The use of such a guide by a state school would raise serious First Amendment issues. We have already seen successful litigation challenging mandatory pronoun usage, including the recent litigation involving a teacher in Loudoun County, Virginia. Yet we have also seen new cases, including the charging of three high school students for not using preferred pronouns.

Under the new guidelines, teachers are encouraged to drop terms like “male” in favor of “XY individuals.”

The NSTA suggests that this can be a fun exercise like having students come up with an entirely new name for the word “parents,” such as “gene-givers” or “biological life transmitters.” This is not likely to be viewed as a fun exercise by some teachers or students, including those with opposing deeply religious views.

I happen to believe that teachers can and should address different gender identities in relevant courses. However, this type of sweeping guide, if made mandatory or enforced through “microaggression” policies, could contravene constitutional protections.

It is important to keep this guide in its proper context. The guide does not call for mandatory rules in schools barring the use of these terms. The guide is not calling for Father’s Day cards to be converted into “Happy Person with Testes Day.” However, we have seen such guides cited as the basis for sanctions, including allegations of hostile classroom environment or micro aggressive speech.

99 thoughts on “NSTA Guide Advises Against the Use of “Parent,” “Male,” Female,” “Mother” and “Father””

  1. What the heck?
    Are you kidding me?
    There are people out there, the heads of this board thought this was a good idea/suggestion?
    And, yes, in this day and age, there will be some yahoos who will think this is a good idea and implement these suggestions in their schools.
    And I fully expect some students who did not adhere to the new guidelines to get punished.
    This is insanity.
    After the last election, there was talk of returning to “norms.”
    Folks, this is not normal!

  2. Stop the insanity already. A guy that claims he identifies as a woman does not magically become a woman. I am a white guy. If I say I identify as a black guy, does that make me a black guy? No. Should or will people refer to me as a black guy? No. While I have a comfortable lifestyle, I am not a billionaire. If I say I identify as a billionaire, does that make me a billionaire? No. If I say I identify as the president of the U.S., does that make me the president of the U.S.? No. I could go on and on with examples.

    ANYONE can see the silliness it would be if one went along with someone claiming any of these things but somehow people go along with this gender identity crap. Just as I was born white and that is what reality and biology shows, so too is a guy that is born well, a guy. It doesn’t matter what he FEELS inside. He’s got the biological make up of a MAN. Enough with people trying to deny reality!!

    Enough is enough with this pandering to people with gender dysphoria and making them think they don’t have a mental illness which is what gender dysphoria is. That doesn’t make them bad people. Mental illness simply exists in many forms and nobody is bad because they may have some form of mental illness. Just as I don’t “hate” someone simply because they have schizophrenia, I don’t hate someone simply because they have gender dysphoria. Humans throughout history grasped this simple fact that a man is a man and a woman a woman yet this pathetic idiocracy we are currently living in is somehow deciding reality is wrong and THEN having the nerve to try and claim they follow the “science” when they are going exactly against it!

    Every single person that goes along with this crap should be ashamed of themselves. It’s also not being “inclusive” or nice and all that idiocy people spew forth as well. It’s actually doing people HARM by trying to act like they don’t have a mental illness rather than trying to get them help.

    The other sad thing is people don’t understand this is all by design to try and destroy normal civilization as we know it. There are psychopaths behind the curtain pushing this crap and they aren’t doing it to be “inclusive” or because they feel bad for those with gender dysphoria…they are doing it because they want the complete breakdown of humanity. They want the family structure destroyed. They want humans actually being seen as humans to be destroyed. They want anyone that says “yes, I am a man” or “yes I am a woman” to be destroyed. These people absolutely despise the species and want it gone.

    Jesus and others in the bible talked about how people need to have eyes to see and ears to hear to truly “get” reality…sadly, most people today do not have eyes to see and ears to hear.

  3. Their hypocrisy, and outright lie, is in calling it “Gender-Inclusive” when in fact, they exclude our he and she pronouns. Just like they do with the so-called “diversity is inclusion” bullsh*t, when in fact, it too excludes the rest of us (and you know which “us” i’m referring to). And what the heck are these fools doing trying to change by law our English language to suit their dystopian political views??

    1. It’s the scourge of HOMO Schooling which is horrid by selfish homos!!!! Have a Nice Day!

  4. I’ll bet that less than 2% of the members of the NSTA have a STEM degree from a rigorous institution. The rest have degrees from diploma mills labeled “School of Education” – the school with the lowest SAT scores and the highest GPAs in the joke that the modern University has become.

    The NSTA is another letterhead farce.

  5. The Left keeps going after the nuclear family, religion, even what defines male and female. It divides, and seeks to break the bonds that bind us.

    Left wing activism went too far when it targeted kids in schools. Democrat, Libertarian, Independent, and Conservative parents are becoming more united in putting the brakes on far Left agendas in schools, and the general attitude that children belong to the state, not parents.

    There have been sexual assaults because of permissive policies that allow biological males into biological females’ bathrooms. Biological girls are getting shut out of sports by biological males. Activist teachers are encouraging children to question their own gender, even changing their gender identity at school without telling parents. There is a movement to allow children, too young to buy a gun or alcohol, to decide to change their gender. They are way too young to understand the implications of sterilization and castration. Activists even go so far as to lie to them, and tell them that puberty blockers just delay puberty. That it’s reversible. Actually, use of puberty blockers in childhood leads to non functional, small genitals and an inability to feel pleasure as an adult. There have been scandals where transgender individuals had severe complications after long term use of puberty blockers, because there just wasn’t enough tissue to use for the surgery. Activist teachers and curriculum developers are telling children to hate their country, hate their bodies, and hate each other based on skin color. They are telling black kids they are born oppressed, and will never get anywhere, and telling white kids they are born oppressors, and will never deserve anything they work for. They are labeling all steps to financial success, including a nuclear family, waiting to have kids until marriage, committed relationships, studying, staying out of trouble, and punctuality, as whiteness. This might surprise Asians, who practice these steps statistically better than Caucasians.

    Parents are getting angry and standing up for their rights, and their children. Teachers, administrators, even the federal government and the FBI are targeting those parents.

    Who will win? The ones who won’t quit.

  6. Walking through some logic here…
    1. Sex is a biology term. One literally cannot understand procreation without it.
    2. Gender is a “social construct”.
    3. It’s ignorant to conflate the two.
    4. This alleged “National Science Teachers Association” has conflated the two, and has displayed ignorance of both of these terms, and biology, and sociology, and pedagogy.
    5. In addition, their preferred terms could be deemed highly offensive to parents who have subsequently gone through surgery for testicular or ovarian cancer.
    Conclusion: They are bad Liberals and bad science teachers.
    For further study: Why should anyone care about anything they say?

    1. Dave:

      I completely agree with you that they are bad science teachers. Why should we care about what they say? Because such ignorant people seem to have a lot of power over all of us at the moment. You can get fired, lose career opportunities, get kicked out of school, or get graded down if you disagree with the zealots today.

      Until recently, sex and gender were defined the same. I have a hard copy dictionary right here that describes them as interchangeable.

      Leftist activism in academia redefined gender as a malleable social construct. These are the same people who removed the definition of “woman” from the lexicon entirely. What’s a woman? Left wing academics and even doctors shrug when asked to define this simple term. Je ne sais quoi. If you make a word meaningless, then it’s not a word anymore.

      This brings me to a fundamental question. Who has the right to redefine words after centuries of use? Can the Left force an entire society to accept an illogical redefinition of “woman” and “gender”? It sure is trying force. Children are now being charged with violations of Title IX, and in some cases, with sexual harassment, for “misgendering” or using the “wrong” pronoun. I would argue that the 3 young boys in Wisconsin are right. One girl cannot be a plural. “They” is not an accurate description. Even if you have split personality, you are one person. Yet the Left would have us call people with split personality a “system”.

      We as a nation need to stand up against forced speech.

  7. I can’t use “Dad, Mother, Sister, Brother” anymore?
    This is gonna make it much harder for me to teach long division (luckily, or sadly, my teacher-brother and I saw this coming 20 years ago) ;’/ *shrug*


    Don’t give the freak show, the NSTA, any money or any attention.

    Decertify all illicit, unconstitutional public worker unions.

    Fire all strikers.

    Teachers have no power to usurp power from the people or their elected officials, or to compel any legitimacy or contracts.

    Unions are only real in the communist ether; the Constitution engenders freedom and freedom from the dominion of dictatorial and tyrannical unions.

    Public workers must be hired on an individual basis based on legal and constitutional service/infrastructure requirements.

    Return all public worker retirement funds to taxpayers; redistribute wealth from public slacker unions back to its creators.

    1. NIXED

      Sorry, Willy Smiff is persona non grata and banned for life for his irrational foray into violence against the peace-loving Chris Rock.

      1. S. Meyer,
        But you could look at in the reverse, too. Charter schools (which do not have elected representatives) just lost a boatload of taxpayer money.

        How are those kids “money in the bank for teachers’ unions and Democrats”?

        1. “How are those kids “money in the bank for teachers’ unions and Democrats”?”

          Prairie, I am sure you read the news during the pandemic, so you should have recognized how much impact teachers unions had in various states. The most enlightening thing was their ability to keep schools closed and still get paid. I believe 94% of Teacher Union donations go to Democrats. Additionally they provide tremendous human capital for politicking for Democrats. I can’t talk for the entire country, but in NYC, their impact on government is tremendous. I can only guess it is the same for most of the largest cities in the country and may correlate with the shootings and deaths in the inner cities.

          I did a quick search. This link was one of the first things to come up. I figured the headline would say enough and you could search yourself.


          Teachers Unions Spend $700 Million per Year Explicitly on Political Advocacy
          As readers know by now, Dropout Nation determined in research released last October that National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers spend roughly $700 million per year on advocacy.

          1. S. Meyer,
            “but in NYC, their impact on government is tremendous”

            Then the main issue is in districts that are too big and thus too far removed from any real local control. Break up the NYC school district into like 1000 smaller districts; that would fix a lot of the political problems and disenfranchisement.

            Teachers choose to donate to the unions with their own money. I dislike the political sway, too, by these organizations. They are circumventing taxpayers, families, and school boards.

            Charter schools get effectively free reign of taxpayer money with barely any real oversight. Sounds like taxpayers are getting used as a feeding trough by both parties.

            1. Prairie, you do not understand, that more school districts don’t decrease the power of the teacher’s union. I don’t know how much of a choice teachers have regarding unions. There are a lot of ways unions can push people to join.

              “Charter schools get effectively free reign of taxpayer money with barely any real oversight. “

              Not true. The charter schools are paid significantly less. The oversight is based on what the children are supposed to learn. Standardized tests prove that charter school students have learned their math and English and that public school students did not. There is other oversight as well. I don’t know where you came up with this idea.

      2. From the article:
        “”New York City, the nation’s largest school district has lost some 50,000 students over the past two years””

        That right there is a problem–to have a school district so large that it LOST 50,000 students and still has students enrolled. That is bigger than even large universities. That district effectively has NO local control if it is that large.

  9. The article says: “The NSTA suggests that this can be a fun exercise like having students come up with an entirely new name for the word “parents,” such as “gene-givers” or “biological life transmitters.””

    Here’s a new name for the word Parents:”the fools who are paying outrageous tuition bills to pay the outrageous salaries of people who belong to the NSTA.”

  10. Speaking Of Conservatives,

    The CPAC Conference In Budapest

    A notorious Hungarian racist who has called Jews “stinking excrement”, referred to Roma as “animals” and used racial epithets to describe Black people, was a featured speaker at a major gathering of US Republicans in Budapest.

    Zsolt Bayer took the stage at the second day of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Hungary, a convention that also featured speeches from Donald Trump, Fox News host Tucker Carlson, and Trump’s former White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows.

    The last featured speaker of the conference was Jack Posobiec, a far-right US blogger who has used antisemitic symbols and promoted the fabricated “Pizzagate” conspiracy theory smearing prominent Democrats as pedophiles.

    Edited From:



    All week long Republicans have denied any interest in The Great Replacement Theory. Fox News has pretended Tucker Carlson was never an advocate. Yet Tucker Carlson is in Budapest for this conference along with Donald Trump and a who’s who of Republican wackadoodles. As though enlightened westerners look ‘east’ to Victor Orbon’s Hungary for fresh ideas.

    1. I find it hard to belive that science educators would support such a thing.

    2. Argumentative failures: Guilt by Association, Conflation , citation of biased source…
      No wonder it’s from “Anonymous”.

  11. If these nitwits can get the American people to buy into this crap, they can get them believe anything.

  12. Fun fact: “testis” means witness

    testis unus, testis nullus: one witness is not a witness

    Used as a legal maxim expressing that a single witness is not enough to corroborate a story.

    testis Noun = testicle, witness
    unus Adjective = one, single
    nullus Noun = no one


    Latinis est iucundum = Latin is phun!

  13. This group must be renamed: National POLITICALscience INDOCTRINATION Association! Absurdity reigns supreme. If they were “real” scientists, they would acknowledge there are 2 sexes (no more) and only 1 of those is able to give birth to another human – who will be 1 or 2 sexes.

  14. Under the guide, mothers are now referred to as “persons with ovaries” in reference to reproduction cycles while fathers are now “persons with testes.” Additionally, the association declares the move of various states toward “Sex verification in sports” as an example of oppression.


    Happy persons with ovaries Day!

    Happy persons with testes Day!

  15. When is the last time you heard a progressive idea and thought that it would lead progress?

  16. How are the teachers of science performing their assignment.? As measured by their students ranking in knowledge of science, measured against their peers of the world.

  17. Today “advisory”, tomorrow “mandatory”, next day “criminal”.

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