Schools should erase old divides that force students into male and female roles, according to new guidelines released Wednesday by the Alberta government that advise teachers to let kids choose which washroom they want to use and what name appears on their report cards.

A 21-page document, introduced by Education Minister David Eggen, advised educators that students have the right to self-identify when it comes to their gender identity and gender expression.

The practical implications for school operations could prove to be vast and lead to fundamental changes in the way children are educated in Alberta.

Here are five particularly significant components of the new guidelines. We’ve also included a copy of the entire document at the end.

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