NewsHub 27 February 2019
Family First Comment: It’s over 32,000 now 🙂
Sign the petition here https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/petitions/document/PET_83774/petition-of-helen-houghton-stop-transgender-teaching-in
More than 30,000 people have signed a Parliamentary petition urging the Ministry of Education to scrap references to gender diversity in the New Zealand teaching curriculum.
‘Stop transgender teaching in New Zealand schools’ was published on January 29, and has garnered 31,190 signatures as of Wednesday evening.
Its purpose is to persuade the House of Representatives to urge the Ministry of Education to “remove learning intentions for teaching gender diversity in the sexuality education guide”.
The petition also demands the removal of gender diversity teaching resources on the Te Kete Ipurangi (TKI) website, which provides schools with education materials.
TKI currently provides multiple learning resources aimed at educating students about different gender identities, including ‘Making schools safer for trans and gender diverse youth’ and a video series about Rainbow Pasifika youth.
In 2015, the Ministry of Education developed guidelines for how schools should teach sexual education, and in 2017 the ‘Inclusive Education Guide for supporting LGBTIQA+ students’ was released.
Education Minister Chris Hipkins told Newshub while no changes have been made since 2015, “the Ministry of Education plans to work with the sector to update the guide this year to ensure it reflects further societal changes”.
“I believe that teachers are already required to create a safe environment for all students regardless of race, religion, language, disability, and sexuality,” the petition reads.
“They do not have a separate requirement to teach the content of minority groups in the curriculum… I believe that endorsing gender discordance as normal via public education and legal policies will confuse children and parents.”
READ MORE: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2019/02/30-000-sign-petition-to-stop-new-zealand-schools-teaching-gender-diversity.html