01 Apr
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Safe Schools Programs – Vehicle for Pushing Homosexual Agenda into Schools

In 2006 the Australian Education Union (AEU) adopted a gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual and intersex (GLBTI) policy to have “all curriculum … written in non-heterosexist language.” It said: “Sexuality should be included in all curriculum relating to health and personal development. Homosexuality, bisexuality, transgenderism and intersex need to be normalised and all states need to develop material which will help combat homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.” The strongest push into the curriculum has come through Victoria’s Safe Schools Coalition Victoria (SSCV) initiative which has 54 schools signed up to its program. It was funded by an initial grant of $80,000 in 2010 by the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. The latest funding was announced by the Premier Ted Baillieu in November, 2011. $4 million was provided to tackle suicide and self harm among GLBTI youth of which $416,000 will go to the SSCV.

In January 2011 the NSW government granted $250,000 to a Proud Schools Program, similar to the SSCV program. In 2011 the SA Branch of the AEU had over 60 people attend a Safe Schools workshop and another is planned for April 2012. And the West Australian newspaper reported on 19 March, 2012.

The GLBTI push into Australia’s schools is likely to accelerate given the push to legalise same sex marriage. There are three Bills before the federal parliament at present. Experience overseas has shown that after same sex marriage is made legal there are moves by education and health departments, education unions and the GLBTI lobby to introduce these issues into schools even at kindergarten level. California last year adopted a law requiring state schools to teach about sexual preferences in all social science courses and that nothing can “reflect adversely” on these lifestyles. Testifying against the Bill, Dr Miriam Grossman, a medical doctor and certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist who has been in practice for 21 years working first hand with children with homosexual and transgender feelings, said the new law ignores the fundamental principles of child development. Children process and integrate information and experiences differently and the bill mandated the introduction of ideas into the classroom that are difficult for adults to comprehend let alone children. In particular the idea of asking a doctor to remove a normal body part is confusing and frightening for children. In normal child development, drawn from standard child psychiatry material, at age three a boy identifies himself as a boy. That’s called “gender identity.” By age four a boy knows he will grow into a man; “gender stability.” And by six or seven a boy should know that even if he wears a dress he cannot become a girl; that’s called “gender permanence.” Dr Grossman warned that the Bill would result in children being taught that gender permanence doesn’t exist. “This bill propels us into unchartered territory and our children will pay the price. … It is our responsibility to protect children from exposure to facts and experiences that they are not equipped to handle.” Dr Grossman said.

In Victoria, the Safe Schools program will do just this. It already has two primary schools, Northcote and Pearcedale, signed up and Camberwell Grammar, Ivanhoe Girls Grammar, Little Yarra Steiner School, St Leonard’s College, the King David School and the Woodleigh School all have primary level students. And a lot of material on the website is primary school level. Of particular interest is the video clip accompanying the “ground breaking” film “It’s Elementary” (from the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network in the US) about how to talk to children about GLBTI people. It shows children (9/10 years) in a NY primary school discussing same sex marriage. The much more articulate girls shout their opinions, unguided by any adult, while the boys mainly shrug and surrender saying: “I don’t know.”

The Proud Schools program in NSW is presently only in high schools.

We need to make people aware of the Australian Education Union’s GLBTI policy and of the Safe Schools’ program and the danger they pose to children’s development and in Victoria and NSW to lobby the Premier and relevant Ministers to discontinue funding for this program.

Action

If you are in NSW or Victoria write to newspapers and to your state premier and your local state MP opposing the Safe Schools or Proud Schools program pointing out the harm these programs do and saying they should not be funded by the government. You can use the following points:

  • It is harmful to present ideas of gender diversity to primary school aged children. They cannot possibly understand the concepts and it only introduces confusion and anxiety.
  • It is harmful to teach ideas about gender diversity in a classroom situation even at secondary level as young people at this stage are very sensitive about their sexual identity and can be unsure about how they relate to others. To encourage them to self identify as GLBTI can lock them into being defined by their sexuality, both by themselves and others, and narrow their development as a whole person. Any young person experiencing same sex attraction should be assisted on an individual basis so as to protect his/her privacy and to ensure confidentiality.
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