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‘Extremely Harmful’: Push to Teach Sex Ed to Aussie Primary School Students Met With Heavy Criticismon July 29, 2021 at 1:08 am

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The Australian government’s push to teach primary school students about consent, relationships, and gender diversity has attracted heavy criticism from parents who worry about the unhealthy impact it will have on young children. According to the revised Health and Physical Education curriculum that will be finalised by the end of 2021, students from years 3-6 will start learning about consent and sexuality, such as setting personal boundaries, “challenging” gender identities and applying “strategies” to give permission in different situations, such as when sharing photos online. The groundwork of giving permission like “saying no to inappropriate touching” will be laid in children as early as in years 1 and 2. Janice Atkin, who leads the curriculum review, said that these contents are merely suggested as “a way of starting the conversation,” before the kids go on to explore sexual consent, online intimacy, breaking up, gender diversity, and pregnancy prevention methods, etc from …

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