Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

Nowhere is the culture war as evident in the controversy over transgender rights. In Minnesota, new guidelines were issued to public school teachers ordering them to call children by the pronoun of their choice. This means that boys who identify as girls should be called "she" and girls who identify as boys should be called "he."They say the policy change is to prevent bullying and it applies to kindergartners as young as 5 and 6 years old. It seems that if any bullying is taking place it's forcing teachers to participate in a fiction. It is impossible to change ones gender. Now, teachers are supposed to be role models and teach children right from wrong. But this mandate forces them affirm something that simply isn't true when they're confronted with a child's confusion.