Educational institutions throughout the United States have had a homecoming king and queen for decades. However, that is now changing as politically correct students demand that high schools and colleges use “gender neutral” terms so that trans community members who can’t figure out what gender they are can participate.
Not surprisingly, faculty members across the country are capitulating to student demands and eliminating the homecoming king and queen titles in favor of “gender neutral” titles. In some instances, school principals and others who are in charge are even eager to relent to student requests to create an “inclusive” environment.
Stony Brook University in New York is perhaps the latest educational institution to get rid of the titles. Instead, the university will choose three “Stony Brook Royals” without regard to gender — or lack of it. The royals may be all male, all female, or a mix depending on who happens to be chosen. The move isn’t necessarily surprising given the fact that New York is known for its left-leaning outlook and policies; however, it should be noted that it isn’t just liberal states that are doing away with this.
Austin High School in Texas opted for a “Homecoming Royalty” group consisting of four seniors and two underclassmen after a lesbian couple in the school complained that they both couldn’t win the homecoming queen title. In Iowa City, West High School and Liberty High School have both ditched the traditional king and queen ritual in favor of a gender-neutral group. West High School went one step further and also eliminated “exclusive” superlatives such as “Most Athletic”, “Most Talented” and “Most Spirited”.
These educational institutions are following other, larger universities who began transitioning to a “gender-neutral” royalty system a few years ago. Northwestern University, Penn State and Purdue University all began using gender-neutral awards as of 2017. In Northwestern University, one student now becomes a “Homecoming Wildcat” and that individual can pick a crown, tiara or some sort of gender-neutral head wear for the occasion. Penn State chooses two students to receive a “Guide Sate Forward Award” while Purdue picks a group of ten students for the homecoming court.
Naturally, the move to create gender-neutral royalty groups has received the praise of trans-friendly organizations and LGBT activists across the country. Those promoting the move say that the old tradition of a king and queen excludes non-binary students who then feel rejected. The new royalty groups, on the other hand, supposedly include everyone and help them feel accepted and loved. As one liberal high school principal put it, inclusive royalty groups help kids feel comfortable with the gender they want to be rather than the one they were “assigned” (read: born with).
It is likely true that non-binary students who couldn’t be homecoming king or queen probably feel happy, safe and validated now that the new system offers them more opportunities. However, an important fact that is being overlooked is this: the job of an educational institution isn’t to make its students feel happy, safe and loved at all times. Educational institutions are tasked with providing young people with a solid, top-quality education that will provide students with the skills and experiences needed to get good jobs after graduating.
In the real world, employers don’t put a premium on employee feelings; instead, they expect them to be productive team players who are ready, willing and able to do the work they are assigned. Coddling young people and adults by putting a premium on their emotions rather than what they are supposed to be learning is doing them and society a disservice.
These educational institutions who are afraid to tell some students they can’t have what they want will produce students who aren’t able to function. At the same time, society as a whole will lose out as companies are unable to find good workers who have the skills needed to take on difficult tasks that may not provide immediate validation or other “good feelings.”
~ Conservative Zone