Songs of innocence, and harmful experience
From Voice for Justice.
NUT. Never was an acronym more apt. As reported in The Times yesterday, delegates at the National Union of Teachers (NUT) annual conference passed a motion calling for the promotion of LGBT+ issues to children, starting at nursery (https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/call-to-teach-toddlers-about-transgender-issues-h2kkdcjlq ). If adopted as policy by government, the practical effect of this can only be to increase the unhealthy and damaging sexualisation of children – already blindingly apparent in and through education.
While lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults may see the cultural and social normalization of their sexual preferences as top priority, to force such consciousness onto children, who by definition lack the emotional maturity to assimilate and process such behavioural ‘norms’, is no more than child abuse. To put it bluntly, it is the ideological prioritization of adult sexual ‘wants’ over children’s needs, and it will inevitably lead to harm from which children may never recover.
Just to recap the current position – Justine Greening, the education secretary, has recently unveiled plans to make it compulsory to teach primary age children about relationships, and to teach those at secondary school about sex and relationships. But the National Union of Teachers now wants this to go further, so that all such teaching promotes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues. And the reason … so that such people ‘are told explicitly in law that their lives are important too’.
Am I alone in thinking we seem to be missing something here? Up till now we have been told that the primary purpose for increased sex and relationship education has been to keep children safe in an increasingly perilous world. Given ever increasing mental health problems among children, their apparent inability to form and sustain long-term meaningful relationships leading to increased individual and family dysfunction, and epidemic level STIs, many of us have long questioned the truth of this, arguing that such teaching actually exposes children to increased risk. But with this current resolution it appears the genie is now well and truly – even unashamedly – out of the bottle. Silly me! It is not apparently children’s welfare that is at issue here at all, but the normalization and acceptance of what up to now has been minority sexual and transgender diversity.
CitizenGo petition here: We call on the National Union of Teachers to withdraw its motion promoting LGBT+ issues to toddlers