I look to the Federation to live up to the mission of a teacher to be tolerant and fair and to consider all viewpoints. Alas.
It was only on hearing of concerns about Safe Schools content that prompted me to check the site out. The concerns are valid and comments by Federation representatives Maurie Mulheron and Mel Smith odd, to say the least.
Mel Smith applauds the AEU Federal Conference for condemning the government. What did the government do wrong? It responded to the concerns of people in “the broader community”, thereby doing its job. I note the last issue of Education does not address those concerns; it merely labels them as “misinformation” and an attempt to “demonise” the Safe Schools program.
I don’t think comments like that make “all members of the school community feel respected, included and supported”.
The Safe Schools program, likewise, has negative labels ready for anyone who does not agree with LGBTIQ initiatives or comply with LGBTIQ demands. This is a typical and extraordinarily discouraging starting point by a movement that says it aims to create schools that are safe from bullying and ready to embrace diversity.
Why Federation would question the right of parents to give consent before their children (not ours) participate in a program about sexuality is also perplexing (“sexuality”, incidentally, is mentioned 41 times in All of Us, “bullying” a mere seven). So we say, “Get behind us for Gonski” but “Get out of the way for Safe Schools”. Nice.
I don’t buy the rhetoric, Maurie and Mel. You sound like politicians, not teachers.
Denistone East PS