Should primary school children learn about gender identity?

Dec 17, 2017 by

From Christian Concern:

Carys Moseley looks at three recent attempts to normalise transgender identity in primary schools. Charity Educate and Celebrate aims story books normalising childhood transgender identity at children of nursery school age. An NHS questionnaire asking 10-year olds about their gender identity was removed after parents and MPs protested. Carys argues that adults need to remove such material from schools to protect children’s health and happiness.

This Advent season, three news stories have surfaced of the idea of ‘gender identity’ being pushed onto children of primary school age. This is part of a non-stop campaign of normalising gender dysphoria in the United Kingdom.

The first instance was of books aimed at children of nursery school age by LGBT charity Educate and Celebrate, which has received funding from the Department for Education in the past. Elly Barnes, the music teacher who started the charity, clearly sees children’s minds as a blank slate on which can be written various ideologies, as she told the press ‘our children are not born racist, sexist, homophobic or transphobic’. Note the typical pretence that opposition to transgender ideology is like racism. The real purpose of such rhetoric is to brand critics as being beyond the pale, people who should be socially ostracised, shamed and shunned.

This matters because the partner organisations of Educate and Celebrate include a large number of prominent educational organisations and teaching unions, such as the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, NASUWT, the National Union of Teachers, Teach First, the Association of Schools and College Leaders and the Boarding Schools’ Association. We have to ask whether teachers who are members of these organisations realise what they stand for here?

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