Fine, let’s schools force The Gay down the throats of students during sex ed classes. But must we all have to hear about homosexuality while trying to solve for X or locate Iran on a map? British children as young as four may be indoctrinated at all points in the school curriculum, The Telegraph‘s Jasper Copping warns.
Lesson plans have been drawn up for pupils as young as four, in a scheme funded with a £35,000 grant from an education quango, the Training and Development Agency for Schools. The initiative will be officially launched next month at the start of “LGBT History Month” – an initiative to encourage teaching about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual issues. The lesson plans, spread across the curriculum, will be offered to all schools, which can choose whether or not to make use of them. But critics last night called the initiative a poor use of public money which could distract from the teaching of “core” subjects.
[…] The lesson plans, written by teachers and backed by the Department for Education, will be available for schools to download from the Schools Out website. For younger children, the plans will suggest using images of same sex couples and also promoting books such as “And Tango Makes Three”, which is about two male penguins raising a young chick, inspired by actual events at New York’s Central Park Zoo. The Schools Out organisation, which runs the month-long event, declares on its website that the aim is to “celebrate the lives and achievements of the LGBT community” and “encourage everyone to see diversity and cultural pluralism as positive forces”.
However, Craig Whittaker, Conservative MP for Calder Valley and a member of the Education Select Committee, said: “This is nonsense. We have enough problems in our country, where we are too far down the national comparative league tables in these core subjects. Teachers should concentrate on teaching the core subjects, so we become the best at those again. I don’t see how introducing LGBT themes into those subjects is going to help. This is not about being homophobic, because there are other schemes around the education system which support the LGBT agenda.”
John O’Connell, from the TaxPayers’ Alliance, added: “Parents will wonder if this is the right use of funds and time in those subjects, particularly when we keep hearing how tight budgets are.”
So just what awful pro-gay brainwashing is being proposed? It all depends on the subject, but there’s something for everyone!
Maths – teaching statistics through census findings about the number of homosexuals in the population, and using gay characters in scenarios for maths problems;
Design and technology – encouraging pupils to make symbols linked to the gay rights movement;
Science – studying animal species where the male takes a leading role in raising young, such as emperor penguins and sea horses, and staging class discussions on different family structures, including same-sex parents;
Geography – examining the transformation of San Francisco’s Castro district in the 1960s from a working-class Irish area to the world’s first “gay neighbourhood”, and considering why homosexuals move from the countryside to cities;
Languages – using gay characters in role play scenarios, and teaching “LGBT vocabulary”.
Cult symbols? Animals? Role playing? I knew homosexual activists were trying to recruit children for their disgusting lifestyle.
This is really funny. Do people actually believe this? Really?
“So, class, today we will be doing polynomials. 4x-2=GAY”
This is how to change the world in a very positive and effectual way: good education/reality taught at a young age before the kids have too much time to be taught the extensive sexual negatives Christianity promotes to spiritually devour entire populations.
This is great. More exposure = less hate. We’re just people too.
Just like showing women in traditionally male roles in word problems in math, this subtle stuff can do a lot towards normalization of any marginalized group. It’s not a distractor, it’s not taking away from the curriculum. If anything, it can help to engage students who are better served when they see *some* sort of representation of themselves and their families in their curriculum.
first off, we can dismiss the thoughts of a telegraph jorno, it is known as the newspaper of the establishment, and the tory party’s in-house paper.
similarly the tory mp who is your identikit rent a quote bigot.
that being said — and i was initially well disposed to this VOLUNTARY scheme — if that is the genuine list of lesson plans then it is so pathetic and embarrassing it made me cringe.
we don’t need to “manufacture” relevance we have the *real* substantive resources already to hand but being ignored/glossed over, without turning up such tortuous side roads. we could, for instance, talk about the addressee of many of shakespeare sonnets and its depiction of same sex love, and its historical social context; and in doing so help to more fully realise the literary merit of the work — who could object to that?
we could choose not to deliberately hide, obscure or gloss-over the biographical details of hundreds of novelists, poets, playwrights, artists and cultural, political and historical figures (were in no way under represented there) and yet it would be in accordance with the *real* curriculum.
indeed, apropos of culture, we practically own it.
in science/technology we could teach about the importance of alan turing (maybe we do this already?) and his role in creating the modern world we lnhabit viz. a viz. computers; his crucial part in deciphering the enigma code helping to defeat the nazi’s and thereby insuring our freedoms, and democratic right to voice bile in right wing rags. and also how he was persecuted by a homophobic state leading to his suicide.
with that, 3 new york york penguins seems a bit niche. fabulous; but niche.
@PopSnap: I believe they want to inclue LGBT people on compressive math problems.
Like… “Adam wanted to buy Steve a ring for being in a one year relationship. Adam bought it online from amazon for the price of $5.45. The delivery rate was $1.50 but he recieved a refund of $2.45 for being a fabulous customer…” ok maybe not the last part 🙂
No. 1 · PopSnap wrote, “This is really funny. Do people actually believe this? Really? So, class, today we will be doing polynomials. 4x-2=GAY”
OK, here’s a real math problem. You meet a random gay person who lives in either San Francisco or Sacramento. San Francisco’s population is 856,095 and is 25% gay. Sacramento’s population is
500,189 and is 5% gay. What is the probability that he is from San Francisco?
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