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Should MeToo movement be included in school curriculum?

Experts have called for the controversial #MeToo movement to be incorporated into the school curriculum. 

With celebrities such as Nicole Kidman supporting the movement at the Golden Globes, MeToo has become a popular topic among teens.

The movement, which spread as a hashtag in October 2017, aims to draw attention to the prevalence of sexual assault and harassment faced by women.

New South Wales Education Minister Rob Stokes said significant societal issues should be the subject of discussions between teachers and students.

With celebrities such as Nicole Kidman (pictured) supporting the movement at the Golden Globes, MeToo has become a popular topic among teens

Experts have called for the controversial #MeToo movement to be incorporated into the school curriculum

Experts have called for the controversial #MeToo movement to be incorporated into the school curriculum

New South Wales Education Minister Rob Stokes (pictured, right) said significant societal issues should be the subject of discussions between teachers and students

New South Wales Education Minister Rob Stokes (pictured, right) said significant societal issues should be the subject of discussions between teachers and students

‘As the cornerstone of our communities, schools are not isolated from current events,’ said Mr Stokes, The Daily Telegraph reported. 

‘Consequently, when issues of societal importance arise it is to be expected that, when appropriate, teachers discuss with students what these issues mean openly, frankly and objectively.’

Mr Stokes’ call to discuss the movement when school goes back on January 29 has been backed up by experts such as parenting expert Dr Justin Coulson.

Dr Coulson believes the movement should be incorporated into the curriculum, suggesting it be discussed in pastoral care or a dialogue about society and culture.

Nicole Kidman (pictured) is among the celebrities who have spoken out during the MeToo movement in recent months, making an emotional speech at the Golden Globes 

Nicole Kidman (pictured) is among the celebrities who have spoken out during the MeToo movement in recent months, making an emotional speech at the Golden Globes 

The founder of teen confidence education program Beautiful Minds, Marina Passalaris, said conversations on the topic should start as early as Year 7.

Former school principal and Opposition spokesman for Education Jihad Dib said as long as it was done in the right context schools should allow the conversation.

NSW Secondary Principals’ Council president Chris Presland said it was impossible for schools to incorporate every issue that comes along.

‘Every time something happens in the school community we want to add it to the school curriculum. I’m not sure how much more we can keep adding,’ he said.

Mr Stokes' call to discuss the movement when school goes back on January 29 has been backed up by experts such as parenting expert Dr Justin Coulson (pictured are people taking part in a Women's March rally in Sydney on Sunday)

Mr Stokes’ call to discuss the movement when school goes back on January 29 has been backed up by experts such as parenting expert Dr Justin Coulson (pictured are people taking part in a Women’s March rally in Sydney on Sunday)

A spokesperson for the NSW Education Standards Authority said the issue is already addressed in the syllabus.

Nicole Kidman is among the celebrities who have spoken out during the MeToo movement in recent months, making an emotional speech at the Golden Globes.

MeToo spread as a hashtag on social media in late 2017 after sexual misconduct allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

The hashtag intends to show that sexual harassment and assault is widespread, but critics have called it a witch-hunt and said it treats men unfairly. 

MeToo spread as a hashtag on social media in late 2017 after sexual misconduct allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein (pictured are people taking place in a Women's March in Sydney on Sunday)

MeToo spread as a hashtag on social media in late 2017 after sexual misconduct allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein(pictured are people taking place in a Women’s March in Sydney on Sunday)

 



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