America’s sex-slashing revolution rolls on.
In Nashville, iconic all-girls school Harpeth Hall has announced it will no longer be girls-only — at least, not in the conventional sense.
The famed private institution has opened potential admission to any males who declare they’re girls.
As the world evolves, so do our students. The concept of gender has expanded and deepened over time.
In response to “good and important questions about gender inclusion,” the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee of the Board of Trustees has “heard from experts on the topic, shared educational articles, and consulted with other girls schools.” Subsequently, three new guidelines have been adopted.
Firstly, “identity” is the new “sex”:
Harpeth Hall is a girls school. The school culture is unique and distinctly about girls, complete with the use of references to students as girls and young women and the collective use of female pronouns. Any student who identifies as a girl may apply to our school. Students who join and remain at Harpeth Hall do so because our mission as a school for girls resonates with them.
Secondly, safety is a must:
Harpeth Hall acknowledges the developmental journey of each student and recognizes that adolescence includes natural searching and questioning about many topics. For some students, this may include the question of gender identity and the desire to identify as nonbinary or use they/them pronouns. Harpeth Hall approaches gender identity with understanding and open communication, rather than with shame or othering, and will provide a safe environment to partner with each student and family to consider the needs and requests of the student on an individual basis.
Thirdly, the converse of number one applies — if a girl decides she’d like to switch to he/him pronouns, that enrollee will no longer be considered a girl:
If a student communicates a desire to be identified as male or adopt he/him pronouns, we recognize that our school, being a girls school, may no longer be a place that serves that student well. We see this acknowledgment as the ultimate form of respect: an understanding that we support the individual and the student’s gender identity. Harpeth Hall administration will work thoughtfully with the student and family to evaluate next steps.
It would follow, it seems, that any female identifying as a boy will not be allowed to enroll.
The policy serves as a major bit of news — Harpeth Hall is an iconic facility, having been the elite home to students such as Reese Witherspoon, Amy Grant, and Minnie Pearl.
At 157 years old, it’s substantially aged. But who says old schools can’t learn new tricks? Harpeth is so hip, not long ago, they revamped their view of history:
History, You’re History: Prominent Prep School Jilts George Washington for Not Being ‘Relevant’ https://t.co/sxfKr0mwkw
— RedState (@RedState) June 22, 2020
Speaking to News Channel 5, a school spokesperson explained that the gender policy is a result of queries from not only students, but parents and alumnae.
“Harpeth Hall isn’t changing its admission process, but it’s the first time the school has put on paper its philosophy about gender identity.”
Meanwhile, on its Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging page, the school encourages students to do three things:
At Harpeth Hall, we embrace each cultural identifier. We believe in the dignity, power, and potential of every individual. We intentionally affirm each girl’s unique identity. We are wholeheartedly committed to educate girls and young women to think critically, to lead confidently, and to live honorably.
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