To anyone who has read the Safe Schools ‘All of Us’ unit guide, it’s clear that there was a sinister socialistic agenda behind it. The lack of parental engagement and transparency was particularly worrying.
Anyone still unsure need look no further than this disturbing report from The Australian:
Safe Schools operatives have been coaching educators to dismiss parental concerns over the contentious sex and gender-diversity program, asserting that parents are powerless to shut it down.
A Safe Schools national symposium was told by the program’s Victorian co-ordinator, Roz Ward, that schools could ignore concerns raised about the agenda.
“When people do complain then school leadership can very calmly and graciously say, ‘You know what? We’re doing it anyway, tough luck’!” she told more than 300 attendees.
“(It’s) not about celebrating diversity; not about stopping bullying,” Ms Ward said.
“(It’s) about gender and sexual diversity. About same-sex attractive, about being transgender, about being lesbian, gay, bisexual — say the words — transgender, intersex. Not just, ‘Be nice to everyone; everyone’s great’.”
Safe Schools project manager Joel Radcliffe, a fellow academic at La Trobe University, which spawned the program, told the audience that the issue of parental concern came up a lot when schools were considering whether to join the program.
“Parents … seem to have a lot of power (in) schools,” he said. “Parents don’t have the power to shut this down.”
People in Victoria should keep this in mind as Daniel Andrews threatens to keep the program unchanged. Of particular concern was this comment he made on Q&A last night:
“This notion that you can only participate in the program if your parents have said you can… It is very difficult for some young people to talk to their parents about these sorts of issues and…according to the Federal Government, you’ve got to come out to your classmates with no support, you’ve got to come out to Mum and Dad with no backing, no proper support in order to be part of this program. Why would you tamper with something that actually saving lives?” he asked to applause.
This comment is a classic example of the totalitarianism that appeals so much to the left – turning children against their own parents and towards the ‘comforting’ arms of the State.
Also take note how neither Andrews nor anyone else on the panel of the same political ilk (i.e. everyone except Josh Frydenberg) actually talk about the substance of the program or the reasonableness of the changes announced to it. It’s just more of the same slurs, slogans and smears, with absolutely no substance behind it.