Criticising Safe Schools doesn't make you homophobic.
ABC's The Drum
By Kevin Donnelly
There are legitimate concerns over having the Safe Schools program in classrooms, and simply attacking those who question it isn't helping anyone, writes Kevin Donnelly.
In response to the Commonwealth Government's decision to hold an inquiry into the Safe Schools Coalition program, ALP Leader Bill Shorten labelled one of the program's main critics, Senator Cory Bernardi, a "homophobe".
Judging by the reaction to the proposed changes to the Safe Schools program one could be forgiven for believing that it is no longer available to schools. In fact, the opposite is the case as all schools will be able to access the program and its official website and in Victoria the state government has signalled the program could be mandatory for government secondary schools.
While it is the case that the Commonwealth Government has recommended that the Safe Schools Coalition website be restricted to only hosting officially approved material, thus denying access to third party LGBTQI organisations and materials, given the nature of the internet, there is nothing to stop schools, teachers, and students, for that matter, accessing what might be considered controversial that advocate a LGBTQI sexual and gender agenda.
Critics of the recent changes, like Lucy Nicholas, argue it is wrong to require parental approval before schools implement the program.
Ignored is the reality that parents are their children's first teachers and that the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights argues that parents are primarily responsible for their children's moral education.
Article 18, point four of the Covenant states:
The States Parties to the present Covenant undertake to have respect for the liberty of parents and, when applicable, legal guardians to ensure the religious and moral education of their children in conformity with their own convictions.
It only appears reasonable and fair that if parents are able to withdraw their children from religious instruction classes, on the grounds that they disagree with their children learning about religion, that parents are also able to opt out of the Safe Schools program.
This is especially the case given that some of the resources and materials associated with the Safe Schools Coalition program and website are controversial and most likely questionable given the age of the children involved.
The "The Gender Fairy" story where primary school children as young as four years old are told "only you know whether you are a boy or a girl. No one can tell you" provides one example.
Another example is the gQ Gender Questioning booklet that asserts that, "There are many genders beyond just 'male' and 'female'; gender can be fluid and limitless" and that Trans people can be "lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, straight or something else".
But according to research carried out by Anthony Smith and Paul Badcock from La Trobe University, out of the 10,173 men and 9,134 women interviewed, 97.4 per cent of men and 97.7 per cent of women identified as heterosexual.
A 2002 study by Monash University's Bob Birrell and Virginia Rapson also suggests that heterosexuality is the norm when concluding that same-sex couples only represent 0.47 of those Australians who are cohabitating.
The figure quoted by the Safe Schools Coalition booklet, Safe Schools Do Better, that approximately 16 per cent of students are LGBTI appears overstated.
No amount of LGBTQI gender theory can ever deny the fact that heterosexuality is the norm and that procreation is best served when women and men are involved.
Those critical of the Safe Schools program are condemned as "homophobic", "transphobic" and "heteronormative". Bill Shorten, leader of the Opposition, has gone as far as labelling those members of parliament critical of the program as "knuckle-dragging right-wing senators".
Dr Kevin Donnelly is a Senior Research Fellow at the ACU and he co-chaired the review of the Australian National Curriculum.
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