Reject LGBT teaching in primary schools
The Department for Education (DfE) has issued a revised response to the new Relationships and Sex Education Regulations, marking a sea-change in attitude which will effectively force primary schools to adopt LGBT content in their curricula.
The previous response from the DfE stated that while schools were encouraged to include LGBT content if they considered this age-appropriate, there was no specific requirement to do this and schools could use their discretion to opt-out.
The new response says “Pupils should receive teaching on LGBT content during their school years. Teaching children about the society that we live in and the different types of loving, healthy relationships that exist can be done in a way that respects everyone. Primary schools are strongly encouraged and enabled to cover LGBT content when teaching about different types of families.”
This will make it extremely difficult for schools to resist and it is an open assault on parents’ rights to have children educated in line with their philosophical or religious beliefs, which is enshrined in law in the 1988 Human Rights Act. This is also in contravention of the Equalities Act which lists religion or belief as one of the nine protected characteristics.
While schools will still be required to consult with parents, this is nothing more than a paper exercise. Consultation with parents will not provide any kind of parental veto. It will be completely up to schools to decide when and how the content is delivered.
By issuing this new guidance the Department for Education displays utter contempt for the rights of parents who will have no say as to whether or not their children might be taught ideology which has the potential for real harm, both prematurely sexualising children and making them vulnerable to sexual predators and introducing confusing ideas about sex and gender which could lead to children seeking unnecessary medical intervention. One local education authority run by Warwickshire County Council has even published lessons plans teaching children as young as six about sexual touching.
By denying parental rights to determine what and when their children are taught about such sensitive subject matter, the government and the Department for Education are behaving like a totalitarian regime which treats children as state property. It is also illegally prioritising one view over another and effectively suppressing faith-based views.
There is already widespread concern about the introduction of compulsory Relationship and Sex education into primary schools starting this September which is allowing well-funded lobby groups to promote their propoganda in schools. Stonewall have published guidance stating that children as young as five need to be taught about lesbian, gay and transgender issues in every single lesson.
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Primary schools shouldn't be forced to teach LGBT material