UPDATED August 23 to add survey information from Richardson ISD.

As Texas students head back to school this month, parents across the state are unpleasantly surprised to discover some teachers are prompting their kids to provide “preferred pronouns,” a concept drawn from radical gender ideology that’s being promoted in schools by activist educators.

Parents have been fighting against schools indoctrinating students with leftist ideologies like critical gender and race theories, as well as the sexualization of children, ever since COVID-related campus closures gave them a closer look at what kids are being exposed to within the public education system.

Yet in Allen, McKinney, Prosper, Richardson, and Sherman Independent School Districts—all conservative-leaning districts in North Texas—parents are reporting that back-to-school surveys have asked students which pronouns they prefer to use, reinforcing the idea that kids can decide if they are boys or girls (or neither).

Many parents took to social media to share images of the assignments, and their displeasure.

The worst example came from Richardson ISD. A survey posted on Instagram and shared on Twitter by the account @LibsofTikTok was reportedly given to middle schoolers (age range 11 to 14 years). It not only asks students what pronouns they prefer, but also lets the kids decide if school officials conceal the information from parents.

“How would you even begin to remember made-up pronouns for every student?” one commenter responded to images from McKinney schools posted on Facebook. “Would you have to pull a cheat sheet before addressing each student just to be sure? This is insanity.”

One of the McKinney examples came from a biology class at Boyd High School.

“The irony!” said a local mom. “In biology class???? This is all so out of control!”

Another parent posted this pronoun prompt from a McKinney ISD English Language Arts and Reading class.

“You have got to be kidding!!! This is McKinney, TEXAS – not McKinney, California,” commented a father whose student graduated from Boyd. “I feel so bad for kids in school today. We HAVE to stop this!”

“What’s crazy is that I’m here in lefty California and they don’t do that at my kids’ school,” another commenter responded.

“The Lowry freshman center in Allen is doing this too,” commented an Allen ISD dad. “My daughter said a lot of her classes asked this on the first day.”

This questionnaire prompting students for pronouns was reportedly distributed in an Allen High School forensics class.

Sherman ISD parents said eighth-graders received this student information sheet asking “What are your pronouns?”

In Prosper ISD, a student survey with pronoun prompts near the top was reportedly distributed at both high schools.

Similar reports surfaced during the last school year, and parents were told the administration would handle it.

A Prosper ISD teacher also featured her pronouns on a whiteboard at the front of the class.

“Why is ideology being displayed in the classroom?” asked one exasperated parent. “Why do Christian teachers feel like they can’t be as bold about their beliefs? And why are more parents not speaking up?”

Multiple moms and dads said that leftist ideology seeping into curricula and policies have caused them to leave public schools and switch to private or home schooling.

“Parents must put a stop to this madness!” said McKinney ISD mom and education advocate Serena Ashcroft, who opened a hybrid private-homeschool academy to offer local parents an alternative to woke public schools. “Teachers must also not go along with this.”

Parents and guardians wondering if gender-confusing ideology is in their kids’ schools should talk with their students, then follow up with teachers and administrators with any questions or concerns.

Erin Anderson

Erin Anderson is a Senior Journalist for Texas Scorecard, reporting on state and local issues, events, and government actions that impact people in communities throughout Texas and the DFW Metroplex. A native Texan, Erin grew up in the Houston area and now lives in Collin County.