One day last week I stopped by the Cranes' classroom. They were busily engaged their geology theme - working in small groups to examine rocks and record properties. I sat down alongside one of the groups and announced my presence with the question: "What are you working on boys and girls?" One of the second grade girls at the table looked up at me and very politely, but firmly, replied "please don't call us boys and girls, Simon!" I immediately knew what was she was referencing. Earlier that week I had been in the Cranes' classroom when Nancy led a discussion about gender-bias language.