Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Exploring gender identities

"Children as young as four are receiving lessons from transgender campaigners including a man who revealed to primary school classes that he is a ‘trans man’ and was ‘assigned female’ at birth."

"Thousands of pupils have had the controversial classes, in which they are encouraged to explore their ‘gender identities’ and are questioned on what being a transsexual means, The Mail on Sunday can reveal."

"Up to 20 primary schools a year pay for the classes, given by campaigners’ organisation Gendered Intelligence. Parents’ groups have reacted with concern that pupils may be ‘frightened’ by the workshops, while experts warned the lessons may confuse young children."

"Gendered Intelligence has confirmed it teaches pupils of all ages in primary schools, from reception class where children are aged four and five up to Year Six, where pupils are aged ten and 11. The workshops cost an undisclosed sum and have been available since 2008."

"The Mail on Sunday has seen footage of Gendered Intelligence conducting workshops with primary classes, in a video available for teachers to hire at the cost of £20."

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"It`s not enough to supply spaces for young people to gather. Because actually we need to change the world around us. And we need to change the social world around those young people."
(Jay Stewart, Gendered Intelligence}
Most parents would disagree. I think many adults would find it difficult to explain what a transgender identity means, never mind a four year old. As it is, there are too many campaigning groups going into schools to influence young children without any thought about the effect of adult material on young minds.
With so many inappropriate topics being introduced into schools these days it is no surprise that standards in literacy and numeracy are falling.

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