Thank-you NSW for scrapping the so called 'Safe Schools' Program
Good news this week as the NSW State government announced on Sunday that the government will be scrapping the Safe Schools Program.
NSW Education Minister Mr Rob Strokes reported that the ‘Safe Schools Coalition Program’ will be replaced by a new anti-bullying strategy in NSW schools after federal funding is withdrawn mid-year.
Mr Strokes went on to indicate that the Safe Schools program would be replaced with another program that still supported children who struggle at school. "Bullying will never be accepted in NSW public schools - whether it be because someone is overweight, gay, based on the colour of their skin or for any other reason," he stated.
"The NSW Department of Education is currently developing an updated anti-bullying strategy that will be a new resource available for teachers from the beginning of term three.”
Former Prime Minister, Tony Abbott welcomed the decision over the weekend and stressed even though the strategy was implemented under his government in 2014 it was a Gillard-led Labor government policy. He tweeted: "Good that NSW is scrapping so-called Safe Schools, a social engineering programme dressed up as anti-bullying."
Indeed, even though the authors of the Safe Schools Program have continually stated that the program was designed to protect LGBTI school students from bullying and to educate teachers and school staff about LGBTI issues, Victorian officials have recently admitted that there is no hard evidence on rates of homophobic bullying to justify the program's funding. Instead, the "Safe Schools" program has become a sexual indoctrination project designed to get impressionable school-aged children to agree that, amongst other things:
- There is no such thing as physical/biological gender - gender is something that you make up or feel rather than biological sex.
- Gender-confusing activities, like cross-dressing, and dangerous activities, like breast binding (where a girl physically suppresses the growth of her breasts, on purpose) are acceptable
- Sexual experimentation at a young age helps a child discover their "identity"
- Every type of family structure is equally good - so that there is no particular benefit to children being raised by both a mother and father, when possible.
While no-one should be bullied or harassed because they are confused about their sex, this type of confusion should not be tacitly or vocally promoted in schools. If some children experience this type of confusion that is no reason for educators to suggest that their confusion is somehow normative.
Since the programme was introduced in 2014, evidence of the damaging consequences of its implementation is already apparent. There has been an epidemic in “transgender” children presenting to medical clinics requesting gender realignment surgery. Dr John Whitehall, Professor of Paediatrics at Western Sydney University is one of few doctors who is willing to speak out against the “fashion in child surgical abuse” as a treatment of a child's diagnosis of gender dysphoria. He suggests that the “massive intrusion into the minds and bodies of children… (is) collective madness.” Most transgender children will, “grow out of it through puberty if parents do little more than gently watch and wait…” he states.
So while we welcome the end of Safe Schools in NSW this week we need to ensure that its replacement will be an objective, non-ideological driven program that truly seeks the authentic development of a safe school environment. There should be no tolerance for bullying of any kind in our schools. We all want our schools to be safe spaces for children to grow, learn about themselves and to flourish as confident and resilient individuals.
We ask that you sign this petition to say thank you to the State Education Minister, Rob Strokes for this sensible move. We also want to highlight that the consideration of a replacement program is substantially important. We appeal to the State government not to continue on the path of constructing a social engineering program but instead greater utilise existing anti-bulling projects. We ask too that the government respects the rights of parents as the first and primary educators of their children to discuss and educate their children on important issues in relation to sexuality.
We will send this petition to the Education Minister and copies to the NSW Premier Hon Gladys Berejiklian and also the opposition leader Hon Luke Foley. Thank you for your help in this important matter.
P.S. This week we also saw that the Tasmanian government has indicated that it will not continue with the controversial Safe Schools program mid-year after the federal government funding runs out. Good news for Tasmania too, let us hope that Victoria and other Australian States and Territories who continue to endorse the program will see sense and bring a complete end to this disastrous program.
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Horray for common sense! Thank you for scrapping the Safe Schools Coalition Program in NSW Schools