A new school curriculum in Western Australia is being developed to encourage children to “explore” gender, an effort some say amounts to ideological indoctrination.
Both male and female students in year three in at least 10 schools in Western Australia will be given “a range of dress ups and toys” in an effort to explore gender roles and break down stereotypes, reports say. The program is also intended to teach children about ethnic and religious garments such as the burka, which is worn by women who practice the Islamic faith.
Critics maintain that the initiative is designed to sow confusion in impressionable young minds.
“It will indoctrinate children with the idea that they can choose to be a boy or a girl,” said Peter Abetz of the Australian Christian Lobby, in an interview with 9News Perth.
“Why do boys need to get dressed up in girls’ clothing? Let’s get real about education and not trying to indoctrinate children with this gender ideology,” he said.
A spokesperson from the Western Australia Department of Education would neither confirm nor deny to the Daily Mail on Wednesday whether dressing up will be part of the 2019 gender education program, stating that the “curriculum is still being developed.”
Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison is among the critics.
“I don’t want the values of others being imposed on my children in my school and I don’t think that should be happening in a public school or a private school,” he said in a recent radio interview.
His remarks come amid growing concerns that gender identity ideology has become entrenched in the education system in the past three years as the number of children wanting to change their sex has reportedly surged 236 percent.
In September, a report emerged where teachers were being trained to identify potential transgender students under the guise of “professional standards development.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter