As a timely warmup to next month's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History Month celebration, the British Department of Children, Schools and Families has issued a new policy to combat homophobia in the education system. Apparently, homosexuality is now considered to be a race and homophobia is racism.
Announced today by Schools Secretary Ed Balls, the new policy includes the following:
1) Teachers don't assume that students have a "mum and dad,"Emphasis will also be focused on "apparently" homosexual figures from history "including Leonardo da Vinci, Oscar Wilde and James Dean."
2) Teachers indoctrinate students on the idea of same-sex couple,
3) "Parents" should replace "mum and dad" in correspondence to students' homes,
4) Classes on marriage should include civil unions and gay adoption rights,
5) Children who call classmates "gay" are to be tagged as racists under the zero tolerance crackdown."It is important for all staff to challenge pupils, explaining the consequences of using 'gay' in a derogatory way.
"It might be time-consuming at first, but a consistent 'zero-tolerance' approach to such language is central to achieving progress and an environment in which being gay is not thought of as being inferior."
It adds: "Schools need to make it clear to pupils that homophobic comments are as serious as racist comments, and homophobic incidents are as serious as other forms of bullying."
Teachers should use every curriculum subject to nip discriminatory attitudes in the bud.
English lessons for teenagers, for example, could focus on the emotions of the gay Italian soldier Carlo in Captain Corelli's Mandolin.
6) Boys should not be told to "be a man,"The new agenda for schools was prepared by the gay rights group, Stonewall, in conjunction with the lobbying group Education Action Challenging Homophobia.
7) Boys should not be accused of behaving like a "bunch of women,"
8) Schools should encourage homosexual role models among teachers, parents and governors,
9) After consulting the head teacher, homosexual teachers should discuss their private lives in class,
10) Children aged four to seven should be taught about "different family structures,"
11) Teachers should talk inclusively about homosexual parents to kids aged 11 to 14.
Tip: Travis Evans
Companion post at The Jawa Report. Also Education Watch International.