Primary one children will be told ‘your gender is what you decide’

Aug 6, 2018 by

from The Scotsman:

Teachers across Scotland will tell children it’s up to them to decide if they are a boy a girl or if they “don’t like to decide that” from as early as primary one.

Under the draft guidelines created by Education Scotland, NHS boards and the Scottish Government, children will be told in classrooms that “Your gender is what you decide.”

The guidelines, set to come into effect in 2019, say, “Your sex is what you are told by a doctor when you are born. Most people are told they are a male child (a boy) or a female child (a girl).

“People might think they know your gender because of the clothes you wear or the things you like to do. You are a unique person, you know who you are.”

But politicians and experts have warned that the plans risk confusing young children before they are ready to understand gender and identity.

Scottish Conservative education spokeswoman Liz Smith said, “It’s right that we teach children about gender diversity and the meaning of these terms. However, many parents might feel this is too young for their children to learn about it.”

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