Here we go again… If you thought asking 11 year old children to role play as 16 year old homosexuals was inappropriate, then you might want to sit down for this one:
TODDLERS will be taught about sex, sexuality and cross-dressing in a controversial national program being rolled out at childcare centres and kindergartens next month.
Educators will be encouraged to use dress-ups to explain cross-dressing to kids and may even take group tours of the opposite sex’s toilets as part of the Start Early initiative.
Teachers will use material provided by Early Childhood Australia, and books such as the book Children’s Sexual Development and Behaviour: Pants Aren’t Rude, by Pam Linke.
Incredibly, this is not a practical joke – it actually exists and will be starting in late March 2016, seemingly with the support of the NSW State Government.
The resources and references for this program are here and include a book titled ‘Children’s Sexual Development and Behaviour – Pants Aren’t Rude’, which ECA offers for sale.
If you would like a copy of this 40 page book, then you’ll need to go here and part with $16.95 (an electronic version is also available, so you don’t have to wait for delivery).
Here’s some of the introduction:
This book is about how children develop sexually and how they express this in behaviour and how we can provide a positive and helpful environment for their learning and development. It deals with suggested responses to children’s sexual behaviour, talking with children about sex, and what to do when the behaviour is of concern.
Children are born as sexual beings without sexual inhibitions; they enjoy their bodies and are curious about how they work. It is the responsibility and opportunity of their first teachers, both parents and educators, to protect children’s natural positive feelings about themselves as sexual beings, to help them to learn to value sexuality, to express feelings about it naturally, and to ask what they need to know as they do in every other aspect of their lives.
When the responses by those around them to their early curiosity are negative, they can learn very early that the sexual parts of their bodies are not as acceptable as the rest of their bodies i.e. that pants are thought of as rude! They can learn to feel uncomfortable about the sexual parts of their bodies and about talking about them.
All I can honestly say is that it’s deeply disturbing to the point where I feel uncomfortable writing about it – other than for the purpose of getting as many parents informed as possible.
If you’re a parent of a toddler or early primary school aged child, I urge you to read this material, make up your own mind and take the action you consider appropriate.
I was going to share some screen shots. However, there are strict copyright terms attaching to the material which even includes the following extreme attempt to stop people getting informed (page 2):
Institutions and organisations including libraries and subscription agencies are not
permitted to distribute the e-book in any form.
Instead, I will merely lead you to some pages of interest:
- Pages 20-23 – questions and suggested answers, with topics including condoms, the clitoris, genitalia, sexual intercourse, homosexuality and masturbation.
- Page 24 – female genital mutilation: ‘is done for a variety of reasons, and usually out
of love and concern for the young girl, e.g. that she will be able to find a husband and that she will fit into society’.
- Page 30 – gender issues and cross-dressing (with preschool children being ‘allowed, often encouraged, to experiment with different roles’).
Early Childhood Australia response
In response to recent media coverage and criticism, Early Childhood Australia (ECA) has come out with the following misleading media release:
Early Childhood Australia is developing a teaching resource on respectful relations called Start Early. It is a long-term violence prevention program to help early childhood educators foster respect between children in the early years.
“There are no plans to roll out programs in kindergartens or pre-schools about cross-dressing or sex education,” said CEO Sam Page. “A sensational headline in news limited papers today is making a false claim.”
“Any one concerned about what is in these training modules for educators is welcome to sign up and see for themselves what is in them when they become available in coming weeks,”
As you will see from the above material, either ECA is either deliberately misleading people, or it simply doesn’t know the content of its own program.
And why are the training modules not yet ready for inspection and only available to those who ‘sign up’?
This blatant obfuscation is completely unacceptable from a publicly accountable body such as ECA. Combined with the aggressive copyright clauses I have referred to above, it definitely looks like ECA is hiding something.
(Thanks to reader Sasha).