Mark Latham slams government-accredited course for pre-school teachers requiring them to study ‘non-binary living’ and ‘queer thinking’
- NSW One Nation leader wants promotion of gender fluidity banned in schools
- Mark Latham says course centered around queer thinking is ‘social engineering’
- Education consultancy company says the course is just about social inclusivity
- New South Wales Education Standards Authority is reviewing the company
Outspoken politician Mark Latham has blasted a professional development course for preschool teachers which includes modules centered around ‘non-binary living’ and ‘queer thinking’.
The controversial former labor leader who is now in charge of New South Wales’ One Nation Party described the training as ‘political indoctrination’.
He is now planning to introduce a private member’s bill in state parliament to ban the promotion of gender fluidity in schools.
New South Wales One Nation leader Mark Latham (pictured) has blasted a professional development course for preschool teachers which includes modules centered around ‘non-binary living’ and ‘queer thinking’
‘It is pure social engineering with very young children taught things that should be left to discussion with their parents later in life,’ Mr Latham told the Daily Telegraph.
‘What they are trying to run here is a political indoctrination camp for three and four year olds.’
Back in January 2019, The New South Wales Education Standards Authority granted the education consultancy company, Multiverse, accreditation to teach early childhood educator courses in areas such as painting, drawing and storytelling.
The New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA) said they are now examining the accreditation process to determine whether the course is outside the company’s mandate.
‘(We are) investigating to confirm that the course referred to meets the requirements of Multiverse’s endorsement as a provider of NESA-registered professional development,’ a NESA spokeswoman said yesterday.
The course in question is titled, ‘My Friend Has Two Mums: Gender Sexuality in Early Childhood’.
The $220 course, taught through a secret ‘safe space’ Facebook group, includes modules such as Queer Thinking in Early Childhood, A Transgender Early Childhood Educator, Living Non-Binary and Aboriginal Queerness and Queeness.
The course in question is titled: ‘My Friend Has Two Mums: Gender Sexuality in Early Childhood’ (stock image)
Despite the criticism, Multiverse says it’s merely adjusting to modern times and seeking to educate pre-school teachers about inclusivity.
‘As society changes, the issues we face in early childhood change,’ Multiverse says on their website.
‘Things we may have never thought of impacting on our work, now do. Things like sexuality and gender.
‘Our services are now working with children who identify with a different gender, with same sex parents, with openly gay and lesbian educators.
And, importantly how we deal with these issues are part of the National Quality Standard!’
About 30 early-age educators have taken the course.