The following article is a re-post of a media release by Family First published on 29th May 2017
Family First NZ says that new guidelines being pushed by the PPTA in schools are not inclusive, they are exclusive, and most schools will continue with business as usual focusing on bullying and mental health issues experienced by all school students.
“Schools should be a ‘safe and affirming environment’ for all students and most schools are achieving this. The fact that the PPTA are pushing this “diverse sexualities and genders” agenda should concern all parents,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.
“Schools are keen to deal with the bullying issue but they are taking a full school community approach. The PPTA guidelines ignore the far greater proportion of students who are bullied for the more common reasons of body image, racial background, disabilities, and academic success or failure. And of course the major prevalence of cyber-bullying.”
“Unfortunately, overweight students, students with acne or a speech impediment or a physical disability, or who are struggling academically, or students from a different culture don’t have a PPTA-sponsored ‘lobby group’. Their cause is not politically sexy enough.”
“But what is most ironic in all of this is that any student that doesn’t buy in to the group-think that is expected and dictated, even if it doesn’t affect the way they relate with other students, will immediately be bullied themselves with terms such as ‘homophobic’, ‘transphobic’, and ‘bigoted.’ Getting rid of all bullying is obviously not the key message of these groups,” says Mr McCoskrie.
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