The Australian Christian Lobby has welcomed a report that NSW school teachers have been banned from teaching gender theory in NSW public schools.
The Australian today reported that the ban followed an independent review by professor Bill Louden into the state’s sex and health education resources.
It said an update on the review has been provided to teachers, listing which resources were not to be used.
ACL’s NSW State Director Mark Makowiecki said many parents and teachers are grateful that children will no longer be taught harmful theories that gender is a “social construct” or that sexuality is “non-binary”, occurring on a continuum and “constantly changing.
The review was initiated last September after it was discovered the NSW Department of Education and Training had developed a resource called the Teacher Toolbox, which appeared to be material repackaged from the controversial Safe Schools Coalition programme.
The department’s website also revealed that elements in Crossroads – the state’s compulsory sex education programme for Years 11 and 12 – were imbued with gender and queer theory.
“The ACL and many parents and teachers are grateful for this decision.” – Mark Makowiecki
After examining the scientific merit of the research underpinning the materials, the review appeared to have made a negative assessment, Makowiecki said.
Makowiecki today joined Labor MP Greg Donnelly in calling for the new state Education Minister Rob Stokes to release the review in full.
“The ACL and many parents and teachers are grateful for this decision. It is necessary, however, to make the final report public because scrutiny is warranted,” Makowiecki said.
“I applaud the decision and welcome the spotlight on the research of La Trobe University’s Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS), which was also behind the so-called Safe Schools programme, which teaches children that their gender is fluid.
“There is more to do, with elements of queer theory remaining, but without doubt the decision to scrutinise the scientific basis for these ideas has been a step in the right direction.”
Makowiecki said parents have a right to know who was responsible for pushing this radical sexual agenda in the department and whether any disciplinary action will be taken.
Eternity has contacted the department and is waiting for comment on the story.