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Safe Schools: If there’s only one thing you read…

Image: Demonstrator supporting Safe Schools [Source: Guardian Online]

If there’s only one article you ever read on the Safe Schools program — or one you want to share with friends, colleagues and family — this is the article.

Writing for the The Guardian Australia, Chris Bush responds to former Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s call to de-fund the program.  A program, mind you, that was first given federal government funding while Abbott was prime minister.

Chris Bush is an educator and helped write the Safe Schools material — and he explains the history of how the program was formulated and what exactly is in the program, and why it is vital:

I was one of the authors of the program and I know exactly what it is. I also know how vital it is to the lives of young LGBTI students; if it had been around when I was at school it would have changed my life.

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Herald Sun Letters, 7 March 2016

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Image: The Herald Sun's letters page, 7 March 2016. [Source: SayYes.org.au]

Maybe the headline on this page should have read:

News we invented that preschool children will be taught about sex sparked fury at heraldsun.com.au from people who believed us.

Sadly this is the result of a story that mischaracterised the new Starting Early program.

Write a letter to the editor:
hsletters@heraldsun.com.au

Make a complaint:
editor@heraldsun.com.au
info@presscouncil.org.au

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News Limited paper spreads hysteria on sex education for toddlers

Today’s Sunday Herald Sun in Melbourne contained an article that seemed to good to be true, titled: “Toddlers to be taught about cross-dressing in controversial sex ed program”.  A link to the article is here:  http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/toddlers-to-be-taught-about-crossdressing-in-controversial-sex-ed-program/news-story/7b935bb2e1573c1b2e748755d0f18986

The article, by Susie O’Brien, made a number of fantastic claims about new resources from Early Childhood Australia —

Toddlers will be taught about sex, sexuality and cross-dressing in a controversial national program being rolled out at childcare centres and kindergartens next month.

Educators will be encouraged to use dress-ups to explain cross-dressing to kids and may even take group tours of the opposite sex’s toilets as part of the Start Early initiative.

Teachers will use material provided by Early Childhood Australia, and books such as the book Children’s Sexual Development and Behaviour: Pants Aren’t Rude, by Pam Linke.

Sadly, the article is not true, according to Early Childhood Australia.

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