LGBT teaching row: Boris Johnson urged to step in – Watch

The boss of a primary school which faced protests over LGBT teaching has urged Boris Johnson to step in or risk further divisions in communities. The BBC reports.

Hazel Pulley, chief executive of Excelsior, which runs four schools in Birmingham including Parkfield Community School, told the BBC the school felt “extreme pressure” from the DfE to stop teaching their equality programme in March to keep the issue out of the media.

The government and Schools Minister Nick Gibb have repeatedly denied forcing the school to halt the lessons.

“It worried me because I felt that it was empowering parents to realise that if you shout and scream outside a school or [there’s] something you don’t agree with, you can stop it, but it also made it look like the school was doing something wrong, which it wasn’t,” added Ms Pulley.

Read more and watch the interview with Hazel Pulley LGBT teaching row: Boris Johnson urged to step in – Watch  

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  1. iftikhara

    Multiculturalism is not about integration but about cultural plurality. It is not about separation but about respect and the deepening awareness of Unity in Diversity. Each culture will maintain its own intrinsic value and at the same time would be expected to contribute to the benefit of the whole society. Multiculturalism can accommodate diversity of all kinds – cultural, philosophical and religious – so that we can create a world without conflict and strife. Britain can assume the role of accommodation and concern for all peoples, for our planet and indeed for our survival. Multi-Culturalism is even more important and crucial after 9/11 and 7/7. Muslim youths are also likely to feel alienated by a focus on shared Brutishness, rather than multicultural diversity. Rather than promoting a single British “us” teaching should acknowledge that “us” can be diverse and plural. Children should be encouraged to explore differences in appearance, history and religion to reduce social and educational fears. West must learn to respect and tolerate those who are different. Muslim community in all western countries need Masajid, state funded Muslim schools with Muslim teachers, halal meat, sharia laws, time of for Friday afternoon prayers in the Masjid, two religious official holidays per year and Muslim cemeteries. Stop treating foreigners like garbage and they will stop ruining your precious country. Why did you let them in in the first place if you didn’t want them here? They left everything in their countries because of your promises. Are you so anxious to please that you can’t say “no”? I would love to see you go to a foreign land where you don’t have any friends, you don’t even know anyone and you don’t speak the language, and start from scratch. I would just LOVE to watch you do that. Let them integrate and stop segregating them. What I want is people being nice to each other. I don’t care about race.

    I don’t think it a specifically Muslim issue. This paper reported recently that UK parents in general wanted the right to decide whether their children received these classes in school. I for one think that it is the parents right to decide and educate their children appropriately in this issue and at an appropriate age. Let our children just be children there are too many PC people out there wanting to change things for the worse. Maybe we just need to teach our children to be kind and compassionate no matter what sexuality, race, creed etc a person may be, its none of our business. There’s no need to shower them with too much information, just a basic understanding of humanity and tolerance, something we could all use a little more of and a little less of this pc dogma. Do all primary schools hold these lessons or is this a case of a Head promoting his own agenda ? In any case this topic is best left for secondary school. We’d all be grateful if they left primary able to read and write properly. This Mr Moffatt sounds like an agitator pushing his sanctimonious LGBT holier-than-thou message. They don’t need to be taught anything specific about LGBT. They simply need to be taught to respect other people’s choices/beliefs/way of life. They are quite correct. I send my daughter to school to learn English, maths et al, not to be brainwashed as a member of the thought police. I am right behind these parents 100%. Christian and Jewish parents and organisations have also voiced their objections saying the new regime will sexualise and confuse young children and that it is at odds with their religious teachings. One Jewish parent has even mounted a legal challenge.

    What exactly do we mean by ‘tolerance’ . It always meant when I was growing up that you disagreed with someone’s point of view but defended their right to express it. Or does it mean you must affirm everyone’s lifestyle and agree with it -the price for disagreeing is to be labelled racist , sexist, homophobic, etc, These Moslem parents have a point of view which should be respected as should the views of those who think it is wrong to teach children as young as this about LGBT rights. Of course we respect the head teachers view but while society is increasingly pushing an LGBT agenda there are many who disagree,-at this age it should be left to parents to talk about these things. . These matters are for parents to discuss with their children. I do not want a political agenda pushed onto my daughter in primary school. You can teach respect and courtesy to a child without bringing sexuality into it. Snowflake education system. People should have the right to choose what subjects their children are taught. No need for religious education to be taught.

    I am 100% tolerant of everything, except having something rammed down my throat and I do feel LGBT is rammed down our throat. Just get on with your lives, we get it. Imagine how different this story would be if it were Christians and not Muslims causing the fuss? Hardly surprising most of the parents were Muslim – it is in Birmingham after all !!! However I do 100% agree with them . Fair play!!!! I agree with those Muslim parents. Lgbt should not be on a primary school curriculum. They have a point – they shouldn’t be forcing this on children. He should concentrate on teaching the things parents expect their children to be learning not pushing his own agenda on infants. Let them reach an age where they can make their own decisions. Sounds to me like the headmaster is a trouble causer. Resigned from a previous school regarding this same issue. How sad it is that anyone who stands up for traditional values is immediately subject to vilification. I don’t mind others living their lives as they wish, but I object to being told that I have to support them. This is ridiculous , all the school needs to do is tell the children treat others no matter who they are as you would like to be treated yourself, no need go into sexuality especially at this age, all it will lead to is giggling and maybe even bullying of other kids, let kids be kids. A Muslim is obliged to respect and tolerate those who are different.

    Virginia has an age-appropriate “family life” program that starts in grade school & continues through middle school. Every family is informed ahead of time what subjects will be covered–not just puberty, sex, & diversity but also drugs, bullying, & a number of other subjects. All parents have the choice to opt out, & another activity is already in place for these kids. Sounds like this school could really benefit from a common sense solution like this. As it’s young children were talking about I think the parents have every right to opt out if they don’t have the right to opt-out where is The freedom this isn’t freedom if you’re forced. It’s not the schools charter to promote lifestyles under some misguided “acceptance” motive. I’m pro human rights. I’m not pro teaching children to be drag queens. If that’s narrow minded so be it.

    I don’t care what a person does in their private life, but under NO circumstances do they have the right to propagandize for their choices to other people’s children against parent’s wishes. They don’t need to be taught anything specific about LGBT. As long as they are just teaching the children to be tolerant and accepting of other people’s differences then I don’t see an issue, the real problem comes when the teaching becomes preaching. My son is 20 and his generation don’t care if you are straight, gay, trans, to them it is just part of life. Many schools these days seem to intent on ‘raising consciousness’ of all the lifestyle options that are out there. But are the kids any happier? I’m sure that a vigorous re-focusing on the ‘Three Rs’ would set them up far better for the lives they have ahead of them. I’m all for schools teaching children about sex and relationships, whether they be heterosexual or same sex. But not at primary school age. This is nothing more than a liberal political agenda, and one that Mr Moffatt is no doubt personally invested in. The parents are absolute right to be outraged over this, regardless of their religious beliefs. Too young for this whatever faith. Just let them be kids before the world ruins them.

    The LGBT community have been trying to shove their lifestyle down ours, and our kid’s throats for years. Their abnormal, and perverse lifestyle is one which I feel is based on a chemical imbalance in the body and/or brain. I’m glad to see another more aggressive group is proving louder. Any human being with even the slightest sense of self-preservation should be against it. I understand that LBGT equality is not taught in Iranian or Saudi Arabian public schools. It should not be taught anywhere least of all to young impressionable children. Man + woman=children is the basic building block of all society. Anything else claiming to be equal is a farce. “Common sense”

    It is parents’ duty to teach their children about these issues and about sexual morality in general. In fact the Dept for Education’s own guidance issued in February 2019 acknowledges the role of parents as a child’s first teachers. It actually states that schools must work closely with parents when planning and delivering these lessons. However, as we’ve seen in Birmingham and elsewhere, some heads are riding roughshod over parents’ wishes.

    If pupils were being taught just that then it might defuse the current conflict. However, evidence shows that children are in fact being taught that LGBT activities are equally valid choices and even that they are acceptable within Islam. This goes beyond toleration of differences and challenges the very essence of the Abrahamic religious belief that sex should take place within marriage and only between a man and a woman.

    The government has consulted parents in drawing up the new legislation. That is true. However, the government has chosen to ignore their feelings. There have been two public consultations. Over 23,000 responded to the first one between 2017-2018 with only a small proportion (page 35) saying primary schoolchildren should be taught about gender and sexual identity. In a second consultation (page 33) launched in 2018 only 29% of people supported teaching LGBT in schools as opposed to 71% against.

    The UK is a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, all of which uphold the fundamental right of parents to teach their children in line with their own religious and moral convictions.

    Most parents would like their children to go to school and learn the three R’s, not sexual choices. They are protesting peacefully against a violation of their fundamental rights as parents. To demonise them as homophobes is unacceptable and inaccurate. To the contrary, the extremists are those who insist on ramming their beliefs down everyone else’s throats.

    Equality is not the same as uniformity. We respect your right to be different under British law but that does not mean we have to accept or affirm your beliefs, just as we don’t expect you to affirm our view that adultery is a sin or that sex outside marriage is wrong.

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