I didn't do nearly as well with this as I hoped. I'm submitting because I'm obligated to, but this is still very weak.
Should Transgenders be allowed to be School Teachers and teach children?
There is a lot of emotional investment in this issue on both sides; transgendered individuals have been marginalized by their societies for centuries, told that their condition is a result of mental illness, being denied the promise of Freedom, even in countries that assert that all men are created equal.
Conservative patients feel a sense of deception when they find that their government funded public school systems force their unsuspecting children to be subjected to the influential presence of a transgendered individual who will confuse their children, distract from the learning environment, and corrupt the religious values they've worked hard to instill in their offspring.
Setting the emotional reactions aside for a moment, the question remains to be extrapolated upon. According to this question, the reason that a transgendered individual would be disallowed from becoming a teacher would have to be due solely to being transgender. The idea that someone could be completely well-suited for the job, have comprehensive education of all the subjects taught, and have decades of experience working with children, but be denied even the possibility of working as a teacher calls into question the importance of a teacher's gender.
The nature of someone's gender, whether they're transgender or not, has nothing to do with fulfilling the responsibilities and roles of a teacher. A teacher prepares lessons, assignments, and homework for classes, assists students with learning the materials, discipline students in a respectful and dignified manner, etc. There is not a single responsibility as a teacher that someone wouldn't be able to fulfill because of their gender or their genitalia.
In most first world nations, it is the government's role to decide who is and is not fit to work as a teacher. They set the standards of background checks, affirmative action, and guidelines for the conduct of teachers, especially in government funded school systems. It would be completely inconsistent for several modern nations to forbid transgendered individuals to work as teacher, because they have transgendered individuals working in the very offices that decide who can work as a teacher; United States
, United Kingdom
, New Zealand
, and Spain
, for example.
Concerns are raised with the idea that a transgendered person could be a teacher in a public school, and that their transgender nature might confuse children, causing them to become distracted and unable to focus during class. These concerns don't have any basis and are founded upon outdated speculation instead of evidence. Research into the relationship of children and transgender teachers is scarce; however, studies do show that children with transgender parents experience no adverse effects as a result of having a transgender parent (source
). This establishes that children can
handle transgender adults.
The other major issue people have with allowing transgendered people to teach children is that transgenderism violates their religious ideologies. The argument is that schools should not be taking an ideological stance on the issue by hiring transgendered people as teachers because it teaches children that the government 'endorses' transgendered people. They have invested time in teaching their children that transgenderism violates their religious principles, and the government would be undoing their teachings.
Unfortunately for these people, the government can't tell people that they're not allowed to ever have certain jobs because someone whose religious ideologies disagree with them might come into contact with them. Homosexuals can't be disallowed from working at a post office in case some Christians need to mail off Bibles to Africa, and the Christians might get offended if they have to talk to a homosexual.
Transgendered people deserve the same guaranteed right to life, liberty, & the pursuit of happiness as anyone else, and that includes the opportunity to work as a school teacher and teach children.