How Not To Teach Infants

The following was sent to me by a pal, who might be vying for the post of Secondary Research Assistant on this esteemed blog. It is a letter sent out to the parents of children in an infant school in Australia.

Hello Families

As part of our diversity programme at [School Name] we would love to celebrate the up-coming Mardi Gras. This comes at a perfect time following on from this week’s Valentines celebrations where we talked about “who we love”

We are planning to talk about some of the different types of families that people can belong to. Some people might have two Mum’s or just one parent. Others might be fostered or adopted for example.

In the Peeping Possums room, we will touch on this topic by looking at some stories and learning about the meaning behind the rainbow flag that children may be seeing in the community.

In the Jumping Jacks room we will challenge the children to think about some stereotypical gender assumptions such as “boys can’t wear skirts” or “Girls can’t play with cars”

As we know that this can be a sensitive topic for some families so if you do not wish for your child to participate in this topic, we respect it and are happy to cater for your child. However, we as educators believe that it is important for children to simply be exposed to different concepts like this so as they grow and meet other children, they are open-minded to where others may come from.

If you have any questions about this topic please don’t hesitate to talk to our educators.

Happy Mardi Gras

EARLY YEARS LEARNING FRAMEWORK (EXTENDED)
2.2: EYLF – Children respond to diversity with respect

I’m no prude, but what the fuck are these people doing talking about sexuality (of any kind) and gender issues with kids who can’t even read or write yet? They call themselves educators, but this is more like indoctrination.

I don’t have a problem with schools teaching teenagers about homosexuality and all the others in the alphabet soup once they reach the appropriate age to understand it. If I recall correctly, my generation started sex education classes around age 11 when we were just about mature enough to understand what it was all about (or at least, some of the class was). Kids younger than this won’t understand a damned thing about sexual preferences because they will have no concept of what it means: when kids see a naked person they start giggling. When they see a pornographic photo they look puzzled and then lose interest. This is why I think the panic over children watching porn on the internet is overblown (kids would rather play Minecraft) and why sexual crimes against children are so abhorrent: they have no capacity to understand what is being done to them and why.

But ramming gender politics down the throats of infants is fine, apparently. God forbid they should be allowed to be innocent kids and “educators” teach them to read, write, and count, something they seem to fail at miserably in Australia and the rest of the English-speaking world. I note that they give parents the option of removing their kid from these indoctrination sessions, but I wonder if there are any hidden consequences of that? I bet the decision “goes on file” and remains their permanently, to be wheeled out at some star chamber later on in the kid’s school life.

I also speculated to my pal that a good half of these “educators”will be overweight women with not a single chance of having a husband of kids of their own, hence their determination to wreck the lives of others’. My guess was “spot on”.

Parents, over to you.

UPDATE

As JuliaM points out in the comments, prompting me to look more closely, the letter is strewn with grammatical errors. Priorities, eh?

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21 thoughts on “How Not To Teach Infants

  1. Julia,

    And the lack of full stops because these “educators” know all about gender politics but nothing about how to combine speech marks with other forms of punctuation.

  2. And this:

    As we know that this can be a sensitive topic for some families so if you do not wish for your child to participate in this topic…

    is gibberish.

    It should either start with “We know that this can be…” or “As we know, this can be…”

  3. I have two kids- one girl of six and a boy of three. I’d hit the roof over this.

    Not because I don’t want them to know about gays, or single parent/adopted families, but because it’s not the schools job to position these facts in a kids mind or, especially for JuliaM: lkid’s mind”).

    I just don’t trust schools not to editorialise along with the imparting of facts.

    And if you don’t think there’s editorialising going on: why link single parent families and adoption into Mardi Gras? I know a single mum who adopted a son, and I think she’d go push a teachers’ teeth down their throat if they did this- she’s not gay, but I’m damn sure she doesn’t want her son and his classmates getting the impression she’s gay…

  4. “However, we as educators believe that it is important”

    And there, in nine words, is the whole raison d’être of the teaching profession today. The self-imposed importance, the sense of gravitas surrounding the all-important word ‘believe’ sums it up perfectly. They believe, so we peasants must follow silently and gratefully.

    I have done some teaching, admittedly part-time and late in my working life, and it was funny for all sorts of reasons. But at no point did I think my beliefs were important. My task was to coax the unwilling to do sufficient and hopefully intelligible work that they would receive a meaningless certificate. Given that the college I was at was obsessed with attendance above and beyond anything else (they didn’t get state money if the ‘students’ quit early) then even the gaining of meaningless certificates was secondary to purpose.

    Mainstream education doesn’t get this problem. If the darling ankle-biters don’t turn up then the teachers still get paid (at a rate incidentally well above what I got for being told to ‘fuck off’ because I asked them to do some work for once) and they don’t even have to teach the kiddies to read and add up. No, that was one of we college tutors’ responsibilities to sort out for the 16 and 17 year olds more interested in watching youtube videos while listening to rap music.

    That’s right: they came out of schools and into further education with very poor language and mathematical skills. Not the problem of primary teachers at all. The sweeties were simply passed along the conveyor belt. Still, had my ‘students’ been a bit younger they might have emerged able to read the word ‘gay’ and know it once simply meant ‘carefree.’

  5. I also speculated to my pal that a good half of these “educators”will be overweight women with not a single chance of having a husband of kids of their own, hence their determination to wreck the lives of others’. My guess was “spot on”.

    I object to this.

    Since divorce, I have been single for 10 years or so, and occasionally indulge in people watching if I feel like bringing my single state to an end.

    It is quite clear to me that there is no woman – ugly, overweight or stupid and perhaps all 3 – who is incapable of getting a male, if not actually a man. I see them all the time in my local shopping centre, with scrawny, unkempt males, their mouths twisted in contempt and loathing at each other and, it seems, most of the world. Very often they wlll have unhappy children in tow.

    Watching this spectacle I am soon cured of any desire to once again be encumbered in a relationship, and go on my way smiling.

    No woman who provides sex to a man who cannot get it any other way, at least at the beginning of the relationship, need be single, however unpleasant her looks or her personality. Even if she be an ‘educator’.

  6. No woman who provides sex to a man who cannot get it any other way, at least at the beginning of the relationship, need be single, however unpleasant her looks or her personality.

    Very true, and an excellent point. The problem is not that women cannot find a man, but they cannot find a man that they believe they are worthy of. The women who have been single the best part of a decade have been on plenty of dates (the online dating sites are brim-full of them), but they are horrified by the sort of man they find sat in front of them. The ones they actually want, and believe they are worthy of, found partners years ago or are once bitten, twice shy.

  7. In a way, as an atheist, I take this as the strongest evidence for the existence of god, though one not much promoted by religionists for some reason.

    He apparently arranges for unpleasant people to form relationships with each other (think the Hamiltons, or Kanye & Kim) thus saving two other, entirely innocent people from a lifetime of misery.

  8. @Adam

    Not sure I’d go that far, but it begs an interesting question- if you teach six year olds about sex, what happens when they start applying the theory?

  9. Our daughter’s “kindie” in Oz was tremendous; I suspect that’s the area of Ozzie education that’s best. Some departments in some of the Unis do a pretty good job, though, at least in Science, Engineering, Medicine.

  10. “As we know that this can be a sensitive topic for some families so if you do not wish for your child to participate in this topic, we respect it and are happy to cater for your child.”

    You have the option. Next step, next year, you won’t. First they get the indoctrination in as voluntary. Then once accepted, the end state can safely be reached, making it mandatory and you go to jail as a hate criminal for not attending.

    Apparent reasonable bahaviour from a Progressive is always, ALWAYS a false front to lull you into complacency.

  11. @Jack Hughes,

    Whenever I want to feel *really* good about who I am and how I’ve aged, I put the words, “what does Blackie Lawless look like now?” Into Google Images.

  12. I also speculated to my pal that a good half of these “educators”will be overweight women with not a single chance of having a husband of kids of their own, hence their determination to wreck the lives of others’. My guess was “spot on”.

    You could be right.

    However, don’t underestimate the extent to which views such as this are just regarded as normal by the 20-something generation.

    The culture wars were won by the Left in the universities well over 20 years ago. These people have never encountered a conservative viewpoint in their entire education.

    In my job, I generally supervise a couple of graduate recruits. I am amazed by how many assumptions they regard as a given, and not something to be debated.

  13. “Then next stop, legalized pedophilia.”

    I think it will end up far worse than this, the ultimate target widespread zoophilia openly practiced on street corners.

    “Then once accepted, the end state can safely be reached, making it mandatory and you go to jail as a hate criminal for not attending.”

    Going to jail can be a compelling option when faced with the alternative.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-2FkSlShqo

    “However, don’t underestimate the extent to which views such as this are just regarded as normal by the 20-something generation.”

    My niece is a an upwardly mobile undergraduate in Queensland University in her early twenties. Lovely young lady but daft as a brush.

  14. “My niece is a an upwardly mobile undergraduate in Queensland University”.

    Which IT room is she allowed to use?

  15. Jack Hughes: “(God) apparently arranges for unpleasant people to form relationships with each other (think the Hamiltons, or Kanye & Kim) thus saving two other, entirely innocent people from a lifetime of misery.

    In Cumbria they have a saying for this: ‘They don’t spoil two houses.’

    I often think of that when I walk through my local village.

  16. Our daughter’s “kindie” in Oz was tremendous; I suspect that’s the area of Ozzie education that’s best.

    When was this? The 1970s?

  17. Apparent reasonable bahaviour from a Progressive is always, ALWAYS a false front to lull you into complacency.

    Exactly.

  18. In my job, I generally supervise a couple of graduate recruits. I am amazed by how many assumptions they regard as a given, and not something to be debated.

    Now that’s depressing!

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