Preschoolers will be taught the dangers of sexism and “male privilege” in a politically correct gender program developed by the Andrews government in Victoria. Under the new program – separate from Safe Schools – early childhood teachers will be trained to comprehensively stamp out gender stereotypes where they arise.
Named “Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships”, the program states that its primary aim is:
Equipping children and young adults with the skills to understand and critique gender norms, the benefits of positive relationships, and how to communicate positively and respectfully is essential preparation for productive and healthy adult lives.
The first phrase is all too telling. Just as Safe Schools is radical gender theory disguised as an anti-bullying program, the $21.8 million Respectful Relationships program is much more than the anti-violence outfit it claims to be. Its sole mission is to indoctrinate children with progressive ideology and gender theory. As Kevin Donnelly of Australian Catholic University said:
“Why are we indoctrinating kids to believe that being a boy, or being a girl, is abnormal? It’s actually quite dangerous,” he said. “This is simply extending that gender and sexuality theory to preschool and kindergarten.”
As reported in The Australian, Respectful Relationships was heavily criticised when it was initially launched, since it allegedly introduced “male privilege” and “hegemonic masculinity” to schoolchildren. The same Respectful Relationships program, under the guise of ‘anti-violence.’ includes a lesson where children write their own personal ads.
Instead of stepping away from the controversial content of the program, its creators have doubled-down, making sure even preschoolers are subject to its radical content. In its new and improved form, children will have their choice of a truck or a doll during preschool playtime subject to scrutiny for ‘gender expectations.’
According to a tender document released last week, research has shown that children become aware of “gender expectations” and try to “fit within these gendered norms” by the time they are in preschool. “As young children learn about gender, they may also begin to enact sexist values, beliefs and attitudes that may contribute to disrespect and gender inequality,” the document says.
“Professional learning will increase the capacity of early childhood educators to understand and implement respectful relationships and gender equality into their program delivery.
“It will build the capacity of educators to use reflective practice to critically evaluate their work with children using anti-bias approaches specifically regarding gender bias.”
The Royal Commission into Family Violence sparked interest in the Andrews Government for a new program aimed at tackling gender violence. However as columnist Rita Panahi wrote in the Herald Sun, the well-intentioned program is merely indoctrination:
In their efforts to combat the scourge of domestic violence, the government has embraced toxic identity politics.
This preoccupation with social engineering distracts from what schools should be focused on: reading, writing and arithmetic.
Perhaps if there was less time spent on trying to force teachers to indoctrinate children there would be more time for academic pursuits and Australian students wouldn’t trail those in Kazakhstan in maths and science.
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