Schools told to let students choose their gender identities and names

NZ Herald 8 September 2020
Family First Comment: Another example of NZ First failing to be the block in Parliament to radical agendas and indoctrination….
“The issue of teaching children about choosing their gender identity has been controversial. A Family First poll last year found that 54% of New Zealanders did not believe that children should be taught that their gender can be changed through surgery and hormone treatment (only 35% said yes).”

Schools have been told to let students choose their own gender identities and names.

New relationships and sexuality education guidelines issued by the Ministry of Education say that schools must “uphold the human rights of all people”.

“All people have the same rights and freedoms, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics,” the guidelines say.

“This means that schools need to:

• “Ensure inclusive environments for all young people.

• “Allow their ākonga [students] freedom of expression in relation to their gender identities and sexual orientation, including the right to determine their own identity and name.

• “Include content on the diversity of sex characteristics, sexuality, and gender identities in their curriculum programmes.”

The new guidelines have been welcomed by Family Planning chief executive Jackie Edmonds as the first “meaningful change” since guidelines were first developed in 2002.

“It’s close to 20 years since we first developed guidelines and we’ve had no meaningful change since then,” she said.

“The Education Review Office and others working in this field know that implementation is patchy and not all young people are receiving the holistic relationship and sexuality education they deserve and as the ministry has prescribed.”

The new version puts more emphasis on relationships, adopting the broader title of “relationships and sexuality education” to replace the term “sexuality education” used up to and including the last revision in 2015.

But the issue of teaching children about choosing their gender identity has been controversial. A Family First poll last year found that 54 per cent of New Zealanders did not believe that children should be taught that their gender can be changed through surgery and hormone treatment.

The new guidelines include separate documents for primary schools (Years 1 to 8) and secondary schools (Years 9 to 13).
Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin said the guideline “responds to feedback from the Korero Mātauranga [Education Conversation] calling on schools to take more action against bullying, violence and child abuse, for schools to be more inclusive, and for schools to help students recognise the importance of diversity and respect in relationships”.
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Consent, gender inclusivity and porn to be included in revised sex education guidelines in NZ
TVNZ One News 8 September 2020
Five years after the last revision, the Education Ministry has released new relationship and sexuality guidelines for primary and high school students.

The guidelines allow schools to meet the health curriculum but with community input on what students learn being a requirement under the Education Act, there’s no guarantee all students will be taught all of the guidelines.
“Because we’re not having these conversations with you, well many of you, are getting your information from what is not a realistic portrayal of a healthy relationship,” Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin told Onslow College students at the announcement of the new guidelines today in Wellington.
The Education Review Office stated after a 2017 evaluation that while biology and puberty was well covered, teaching of consent, healthy relationships and the impact of social media and pornography needed be covered in more detail.
The new guidelines have a focus on those areas, as well as gender inclusivity, sexuality guidance for Māori, Pasifika and disabled students and guidance on how to make schools inclusive.
The guidance includes unisex toilets, not separating class activities into groups based on “boys” and “girls” and including gender-neutral uniform options.
READ MORE: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/consent-gender-inclusivity-and-porn-included-in-revised-sex-education-guidelines-nz
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