There’s been a little bit of backlash recently against MP Andrea Leadsom after she said that parents should be allowed to withdraw their children from LGBT classes in school. Of course this is an issue that by far transcends that of the views of a single MP, and really is something that needs to be talked about. So I’m going to do the wankery blogger thing and spout my opinions on whether parents should be allowed to withdraw their children from LGBT classes in school.
Should Parents Be Allowed to Withdraw Children From LGBT Classes?
Without sounding like a massive DICKHEAD, my instinctive first answer to this question was actually a SOFT yes.
Calm down, let me explain! My initial thinking on this was simple: Parents should have as much control as possible over their children’s education – we’re even going to miss the whole “school” thing and home educate – so being able to pick what they don’t want their children to learn is surely part of that freedom?
Or is it? The more I think about it, the more I actually disagree with myself – I know! Sometimes I’m actually wrong! – By allowing parents to withdraw children from individual classes that they don’t fully agree with, doesn’t that open up the possibility of parents denying their children an education on topics they have agenda against?
At what point do we start seeing the pupil as their own individual person and we go against the desire of the parent? If a parent doesn’t want their child to learn about maths because they don’t see the point, or physics because they believe in flat earth theory then should we allow and accommodate that too? And at what point does this start to take the piss? I would simply take a moral issue with the first lesson of every day just so I could have the extra time in bed. Sorted.
Family life is even on the national curriculum for schools in the UK
It’s stated under the “Families and people who care for me” section of mandatory education for primary schools: “the importance of families for children growing up; characteristics of healthy family life; varieties in family life…“
If “varieties in family life” is on the curriculum then LGBT families should absolutely be taught in school whenever the notion of family life and relationships is brought up.
So there we have it. It’s on the national curriculum as mandatory so LGBT families should clearly be taught in school. SIMPLE AS THAT. If you don’t like it then remove your child from school and ignore real life by giving them some warped home education where you can force your own bizarre agendas on your children to further fuck them up in later life.
Stop being such a MASSIVE PRICK and just tell your children about real life relationships.
Let’s Talk about what Andrea Leadsom Actually said About LGBT Classes
I’m not a total prick, so I don’t want to take someone entirely out of context. I think a lot of people have done that with what Andrea Leadsom’s said, so I’m going to put what she said in full:
“Well I think… this party, my party has done a huge amount to support LGBT rights and quite rightly too and I’m a massive supporter of the efforts that we’ve made to achieve real equality in LGBT rights. And so it’s absolutely vital that children do grow up understanding the society that they live in, and that they grow up tolerant and seeking equality and respecting differences.
Andrea Leadsom – LBC Radio
So I think that it is right that the Government should have passed legislation that requires that relationships and sex education is taught in schools, but at the same time I also agree that it is right that parents should be able to choose the moment to which their children become exposed to that information and there are steps taken to enable parents to withdraw their children from classes up until a certain age.”
Maybe I’m wrong, but when you really look at what Andrea Leadsom said in that comment, it doesn’t seem all that bad. Even when she does talk about parents being able to take children out of school for the LGBT classes she says “up until a certain age.” So it’s not like she agrees children should be allowed to be denied this education at every stage. But I won’t deny there’s no issues with that she said.
The phrase “exposed to that information” is arguably offensive
Literally everything Andrea Leadsom says is perfectly fine up until the point where she says “I also agree that it is right that parents should be able to choose the moment to which their children become exposed to that information.”
I’m not going to jump down her throat too much about this. It was a live interview and sometimes you say things in a way that you didn’t mean to say. I totally get that. But this issue transcends the views of Andrea Leadsom and speaks volumes to society as a whole.
I totally understand that we have to be careful with children in regards to what age we “expose” them to things that they might not be able to handle. There are complicated things in the world like the concept of epiphenomenalism, or comparing the structure of common animals – KS1 science for you – and let’s not forget the Passion Propeller. Yeah, you wanna click that link don’t you.
These are the type of things you have to be careful when you decide to bring them up with your children as they can be difficult to understand. But do you know what’s really not that difficult to understand? That people of the same sex can love each other.
I don’t even understand what it is that you’re “exposing” kids to when talking about LGBT relationships anyway? That there aren’t just heterosexual relationships? What’s your point? Are people just worried that telling a five year old about men loving each other will increase the chance of that five year old to then become gay? That’s not how this works, and some people are still behind the times by holding the idea that being gay is something that can be influenced by your upbringing.
This is much bigger than just the LGBT families
Talking about the diversity of modern day families isn’t just about including LGBT families in the discussion. There are people involved with all sorts of families. From people being raised by their grandparents or other extended family members; to people with adoptive parents, foster families or single parent families.
Opening up the discussion on ALL of these family types will only help children to feel less excluded and far less likely to get bullied for being “different.” It’s about bringing all of us together.
Talking About relationships isn’t even difficult
I have absolutely no idea why this is even something that needs to be talked about. Talking to your children about relationships isn’t bloody difficult. You just tell them if they fancy a bit of dick then go with someone who has a dick; and if you prefer someone with a vagina then go for that.
I was born with a preference of vagina. I mean you never know, I might say yes to some penis one day, but I’m currently happily married so I’m all good with what’s currently on the table. Metaphorically speaking of course, nothing is actually on the table. Well, not vagina anyway. All you have to do is tell your kids that if it’s consensual and legal then go for it! Problem solved.
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