An elite girl’s school that has become increasingly woke in past years now says that any student who identifies as a girl will be allowed to attend.
“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,” says a Gender Diversity Philosophy document obtained by The Tennessee Star. “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.”
The school says that even though it is for girls, it will not limit pronoun usage to only female pronouns.
“Harpeth Hall acknowledges the developmental journey of each student and recognizes that adolescence includes natural searching and questioning about many topics,” says the school’s new gender policy. “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,” it continues.
The school stops just short of allowing girls who identify as boys to attend, saying that 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.”
It couches that policy by saying it is one of respect for boys, or girls who identify as boys.
“We see this acknowledgment as the ultimate form of respect: an understanding that we support the individual and the student’s gender identity,” the school policy says. “Harpeth Hall administration will work thoughtfully with the student and family to evaluate next steps.”
The school did not immediately return a comment request.
Harpeth Hall has been moving leftward for some time.
As reported by The Star, the school used to have an annual George Washington Celebration until it decided in 2020 that Washington was no longer “relevant to the way that we teach history today,” and did not “demonstrate the significant role that women, people of color, and other underrepresented groups play in our nation’s history.”
“A growing number of students, faculty, staff, and alumnae are expressing their discomfort with this tradition,” the school said at the time.
The school was founded in 1865.
Read the full Gender Diversity Philosophy below:
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