The Safe Schools program in Australia has attracted great controversy. On one end of the spectrum it is defended as an anti-bullying program. On the other end of the spectrum it is regarded as social engineering.It is important to have programs in schools that offer support for same-sex attracted youth, or those experiencing confusion about their gender identity, particularly those who do not have support at home.
To address this controversy, professor Patrick Parkinson, University of Sydney Faculty of Law prepared a legal studies research paper on this program (September 2016). He noted that while it was important to have support measures for youths with gender confusion, this particular program has some serious flaws.
1. statistics on same-sex attraction and transgender prevalence are presented that have no valid scientific basis.
2. It presents sexual orientation as fixed when for school-aged adolescents it is very volatile, and many same-sex attractions are transitory.
3. Despite the fact that for 99.5% of the population, there is complete congruence between sexual characteristics and gender identity, gender is presented as FLUID rather than fixed.
4. It promotes gender transitioning without the need for any medical and psychological guidance and even without parental knowledge or consent.
5. Program offers potentially misleading legal advice to teachers.
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