Keep Politics Out of the Classroom



Can we just stick to the curriculum and leave moral, religious and political stances for parents to discuss with their children?


The NSW Education Department has intervened to prevent a western Sydney high school from screening a politically controversial documentary about growing up with same-sex parents during school hours.

Many parents from Burwood Girls High School were reportedly outraged their daughters were being forced to watch the Australian film about growing up with same-sex parents.

The 1200 students of the all-girl school informed their parents via flyer they would be watching the documentary made by Australian filmmaker Maya Newell on Friday instead of attending two periods in the morning.

But speaking on 2GB radio this morning, Education Minster Andrew Piccoli said the department decided the school-day screening should not go ahead because the film was not part of the curriculum.

“We do promote and accept diversity in NSW generally but … during school hours, parents rightly expect that students will be doing curriculum subjects and that’s what I expect too,” Piccoli said.



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