The Political Roots of the Safe Schools Program, by Mark Latham.
Having lost the battle for economic and foreign policy in the 1980s, Neo-Marxists embarked on a long march through the institutions of the public sector, especially universities and schools. …
Even though Australian students are falling down the international league tables in maths, science and English, teachers are devoting class-time to the mechanics of breast-binding and penis-tucking. …
Welsh academic Christine Weedon, in her book Feminist Practice and Poststructuralist Theory, is apparently the academic scribbler behind this latest PC nonsense, the intellectual inspiration for the Safe Schools program.
She thinks that from our first moments alive, we are brainwashed into accepting the social order around us.
Governments, schools, churches, the media, popular culture and even fashion trends combine to reinforce the “power relations” and dominance of capitalism.
The things we know from observing nature and studying science are dismissed as “biological determinism”. So too notions of truth, commonsense and life-experience are disparaged as “historical constructs” — delivering “false consciousness” and tricking people into a misunderstanding of their best interests.
So having dismissed science, economics, and the Enlightenment, what does Weedon divine?
Individuals are said to be “sexual beings from birth”, reflected in the “initial bisexuality of the child”. …
“For young girls, the acquisition of femininity involves a recognition that they are already castrated like their mother”, forcing them to submit to patriarchy, or male dominance. No one is immune from the process of false gender identity.
Whew. Just as well Weedon and the neo-Marxists are setting our children straight. Oops, “straight” might not be the correct word.
It’s the new political correctness, comrade:
Education has been relatively free from ideological indoctrination. But this is not the view of the new curriculum designers, with Ollis depicting schools as “in a unique position to educate for social change”.
Weedon also said she wants to engineer an androgynous “ungendered” society through classroom tutoring. The other key Leftist battleground is for the control of language. …
This is why Safe Schools seeks to eradicate the use of terms like “his and her” and “boys and girls”. It believes genderless language will produce a genderless generation of young Australians, self-selecting their sexuality as a fluid identity.
Political correctness is not an accident, a random form of censorship. It’s a carefully targeted campaign designed to outlaw the language of observable facts in the discussion of race, gender and sexuality.
Mark Latham knew Gough Whitlam quite well.
Gough Whitlam must be turning in his grave. The Great Man dedicated his life to the principles of the Age of Enlightenment: that rational, evidence-based argument could create a better and fairer society. Not only is the post-structuralist agenda anti-reason, anti-science and anti-family, it is also anti-education. …
Australia’s political leaders are sleepwalking into an educational disaster.