Why the Prime Minister is Right on Public Schools Values

Bill Muehlenberg

Proponents of PC are fuming that the Prime Minister should suggest that our public schools might be short of values and long on political correctness. He has created a firestorm of protest from the secularists and humanists by stating that more and more parents are sending their children to non-public schools. He said the reason they are being sent to private and independent schools is because of political correctness and a loss of values in public schools.

Many parents would agree with his remarks. Indeed, around a third of all children do not attend public schools. Lots of parents recognise that kids coming out of our public schools today may still be illiterate, but they know all about drugs, sex and value-neutrality.

Interestingly, the Weekend Australian (17-18/1) provided timely support for the PM's comments. An article entitled “Porn alert on children's books” spoke of how child abuse experts were warning that children's books need warning labels, to filter out hard-core porn. The article mentioned examples of adult-only reading being offered in public schools to young children. It spoke of a 12-year-old reading these edifying words in one school-approved book: “I held her down . I had the screwdriver right there . I held her down and opened her legs and I made sure she'd never have another child”.

A major example of how the public schools are pushing values that most parents are not happy with is in the area of homosexuality. For years now the public school system has been force-feeding our children a steady diet of pro-homosexual propaganda.

A major way in which the homosexual lobby can reach children is of course through school curricula, especially in sex education programs. There are many such programs around the country, taught in many schools, all designed to instill in young children the idea that homosexuality is natural, normal and to be accepted and embraced.

Such programs, and/or proposals for them, have been around for years. These programs have often been justified as part of AIDS education, or more recently, as a means of dealing with bullying. As an example, back in 1987 the Australian Teacher’s Federation called on teachers to educate students on male and female homosexuality as part of basic sex education.

In 1992 an AIDS study commissioned by the University of Queensland recommended that explicit sex education courses be taught in the first three years of primary school. The study said that students should become experts in contraception techniques and STDs before they enter secondary school.

In January of 1995 the Australia Education Union (AEU) called for mandatory AIDS and sex education for all students, beginning in primary school. The course should include “positive information about gays and lesbians,” the AEU said. The AEU argued that not only should these classes be mandatory for even primary school children, but parents who ban their children from attending such courses for religious and cultural reasons should be prosecuted by the law!

At an October 1995 conference on Schooling and Sexualities at Deakin University yet more such proposals were made. Speakers told the delegates that homosexuality should be taught as acceptable to primary and secondary students, and gay relationships should be recognised through school projects.

And pro-homosexual indoctrination is not limited to sex education classes. In 1995 the Victorian Association for the Teachers of English said that AIDS and homosexuality studies should be incorporated into mainstream English studies. It said that the study of English must embrace “the burgeoning field of lesbian and gay studies,” and that teachers need to “promote awareness of homosexual issues”.

And the AEU called for pro-homosexual education to be integrated into all parts of the curriculum. It spoke of the “rights of all teachers to influence curricula in ways that will enhance understanding and acceptance of lesbians, bisexuals and gay men”.

In mid-2002 a pro-homosexual booklet was distributed to every secondary school in Victoria. The 72-page booklet, Alsorts, was jointly published by the Alternative Lifestyle Organisation and Deakin University. The book, filled with a number of statements that many would consider inaccurate and misleading, is just one of many attempts by the homosexual lobby to convince young people that homosexuality is an acceptable and positive lifestyle.

The push continues today. Consider several recent examples. In a newspaper article entitled, “Sex survey shocks,” there was a story about a Wodonga (Victoria) High School course for 14-year-olds. Year 9 students were forced to answer a blatantly pro-homosexual questionnaire. The mandatory questionnaire, which students had to sign their names to, was part of a compulsory health class. The survey asked these sorts of questions:

“If you have never slept with a person of the same sex, is it possible that all you need is a lesbian/gay lover?”
“ How can you become a whole person if you limit yourself to compulsive and exclusive heterosexual behaviour?”
“ Is it possible that your heterosexuality stems from a neurotic fear of others of the same sex?”

The students then had to discuss these questions in class. It is designed to show that homosexuality is just the same as heterosexuality, that the two are interchangeable. But they are not of course. This appears to be nothing but propaganda: forcing students to feel guilty about being heterosexual. This is just a blatant attempt to force the homosexual agenda upon impressionable young people.

Most 14-year-olds are too young to be questioned about explicit details in sexuality. Indeed, some 14-year-olds can’t even handle questions about what they want for breakfast! Thus our public schools, with our tax dollars, are pushing the homosexual agenda on our children.

The following day there was a follow-up article about the questionnaire. It seems that as a result of a loud public outcry, the State Government had to go into damage control. The article said that the Premier had ordered an inquiry to find out what was happening. It also said that the survey has been scrapped from the class. The school authorities claimed that the adult-only survey was actually meant for teachers, not for students.

However, in an article in another newspaper, a much different slant was put on the affair. According to that report the principal of Wodonga High School was standing by the decision of the teacher to hand out the survey. He said the survey had been handed out at a professional development course run by the federally-funded Family Planning Victoria. A spokesperson for FPV in turn said the questionnaire was designed by the Australian Research Centre in Sexual Health and Society at La Trobe University to develop teachers’ sex education skills, and was “not a classroom tool”.

Whatever the actual facts and explanations are, many questions still remain: Why are our tax dollars being used to indoctrinate teachers with pro-homosexual propaganda, who then in turn are expected to indoctrinate their children?

Simply swap the word tobacco for homosexuality and see how this plays out. Every class has some smoking students. We need to respect this diversity. We do not want them to feel stigmatised. We need to embrace them in their lifestyle choices. We should let all students know that smoking is as normal as non-smoking. The important thing is for all students to be tolerant and non-judgmental. We do not want the smoking students to feel alienated or vilified for his behaviour. No one lifestyle choice is better than another.

Does anyone really believe such an approach would get very far in our school systems? Homosexuality is a very dangerous and high risk lifestyle, just as smoking is. Why do we have such double standards in these areas? Why do we protect our children against tobacco while forcing them to embrace homosexuality?

This questionnaire is part of a Commonwealth-funded national teacher development package that has been adopted by more than 250 Victorian schools, and presumably schools across the nation. I have seen several versions of this kit, and it is one big exercise in pushing the homosexual agenda unto our nation’s children, via their teachers.

In another example of pro-homosexual activities in our schools, the Tasmanian Committee for Human Rights Education gave three Tasmanian schools prizes for their “anti-homophobia” programs. In December of 2003, the schools were given the awards after they trialed the six-week Pride and Prejudice courses. The schools are now planning to make the courses compulsory, and the Education Department plans to run the program statewide. Gay activist Rodney Croome praised the program, saying that challenging homophobia must be “put in a human rights context”.

The constant push by gay activists to get access to all school children, from the earliest of ages, is a part of the larger attempt to coerce mainstream society to not only accept but welcome homosexuality. The progress they have made has been quite alarming, and all parents should be aware of the pro-homosexual agenda being pushed in our schools.

And as mentioned earlier, increasingly the concept of bullying is being used to push the homosexual agenda. Bullying of course should not be tolerated, and one can counter bullying without pushing the gay agenda. But gay activists are linking the two together. Recently the Victorian Education Services Minister told a gay interviewer that more needs to be done in this area, and she spoke of a recent conference on the issue, and that the department is “ensuring all schools have a code of conduct” on the issue. In the same interview she took a swipe at the Catholic Church, saying their abstinence approach was misguided: “The zero tolerance approach to young people and sexuality is not the best”. Thus she is lining herself up with gay activists, and against parents who might have religious concerns about homosexuality and condom use.

Is it any wonder with this kind of rubbish being force-fed to our children that parents are voting with their feet and sending their children elsewhere? Of course not all public schools are bad, nor are all private schools good. But surely the PM is right to suggest that we have allowed our public schools to impose its own set of values which are often at loggerheads with the values of many parents.

Until public education reigns in the PC and the influence of trendy minority groups, the trend away from public education will only continue.



 

 

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