Transgenderism In Schools: Guidance Needed
In the last few months, transgender ideology has become one of the hot topics in schools across the UK. We have witnessed the appalling treatment of Nigel and Sally Rowe after they removed their son from his school due to the introduction of transgender ideology into the school.
One of the pupils presented himself as of the opposite gender and the school required that everyone accept that this pupil really had become a girl. Even more recently, a number of Catholic schools have apparently adopted some aspects of transgender ideology.
A Catholic all-girls school in Hammersmith, for example, has said that children should use the “preferred pronoun” of pupils who do not identify as female, and a Catholic primary school in Southwark has introduced gender neutral uniforms.
In one sense, this is not a problem. What name a child has and how he or she chooses to dress does not really matter. In another sense however, this is very important because the school are teaching all the other children, implicitly or explicitly, that it is really possible for men to become women and women to become men.
This appears to be the heart of transgender ideology – that our biological sex has nothing at all to do with whether one is a man or a women, it is our inner perception of ourselves as male/female or something else which is what counts. Yet the vast majority of people rightly reject this ideology and recognise that who we are as men and women is intimately linked with our bodies and their roles in reproduction.
It is this transgender ideology, implicit in the introduction of gender neutral uniforms and “preferred pronouns”, which many people, if they do not reject it entirely, are at least deeply suspicious.
Many people, especially parents, are deeply concerned about the advance of transgender ideology in schools. And of course, Catholic schools cater to people of all backgrounds, Catholic or not, and so this is an issue which affects us all.
Parents send their children to Catholic schools for a variety of reasons, one of which, for some people, is the traditional understanding of sex and marriage which Catholic schools should teach. The introduction of transgender ideology runs in direct opposition to this and, as said, parents are concerned.
It is important to note that there is 'no true data' that affirming a child in his/her “new gender” actually helps the child. Studies show that 70%-80% of children who experience gender identity issues spontaneously lose these feelings over time if not affirmed in them.
A CitizenGOer drew this important issue to our attention, and we have since set up this petition asking the Catholic Bishops’ Conference for urgent guidance. Schools advancing transgender ideology need clear guidance from the Bishops about how they should conduct themselves in such situations, ensuring that the traditional understanding of sex and marriage remains intact.
Some faith leaders at the highest level, including the Pope, have been clear about the dangers of transgender ideology: “Today children – children! – are taught in school that everyone can choose his or her sex… And this is terrible!”
Whilst the Pope has been perfectly clear about the danger of (trans)gender ideology, faith leaders at the national level have often not been so clear. It is the time for and duty of the Bishops to give clear guidance on this topic now.
Please sign this petition asking that the Catholic Bishops' Conference produce clear guidance on how Catholic schools should approach this sensitive topic which takes account of the pastoral needs of all pupils and does not introduce this ideology into schools.
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Guidance Needed on Transgenderism in Schools