CONGRATS: Two years ago, an openly gay student at Hudson High School in upstate New York ran for prom queen. He won—but school officials “denied him the crown.” This year, two openly gay students—best friends, both boys—at Hudson High ran for prom king and queen and won “in a landslide.” School officials didn’t stand in their way, and Charlie Ferrusi and Timmy Howard got their crowns. Congrats to 2008’s rightful prom queen, Augie Abatecola; congrats to this year’s prom queen and king; congrats to the school officials who learned their lesson; and congrats to all the students at Hudson High.
I believe communities should have the freedom to determine their own acceptable standards, and lord knows I’ve got my open-minded bona fides, but before our liberal friends* get all excited and self-congratulatory, I have to ask:
If we won’t let students and parents escape failing schools, if we ghettoize students, if we ignore the broad spectrum benefits of school choice, and won’t fire incompetent teachers, why should a monopolistic public school care how students want to define their genders?
*Not to be confused with social liberals, like most of us here at WaCK. Also, I have no clue Dan Savage’s views on public/private education, but I thought this was an interesting dichotomy or cognitive dissonance in the broader liberal world-view.