A Birmingham primary school that taught pupils about LGBT rights as part of a programme to challenge homophobia has suspended the lessons indefinitely until a resolution is reached with protesting parents. Parkfield community school in Saltley has been the scene of weekly protests over the lessons, which parents claim are promoting gay and transgender lifestyles. Previously Parkfield said they would continue as normal after the Easter holidays. This month about Muslim children, aged between four and 11, were withdrawn from the school for the day, parents said.
Birmingham primary school suspends LGBT lessons indefinitely
NEA - Teaching Tolerance or Attacking Religion?
Soon, two male physical education teachers began closely supervising the usually noisy and chaotic area. None of the administrators seemed to know what to do. Yet all of a sudden, transgender students became a major topic addressed during school board meetings. Parents wanted separate bathrooms available if their children began associating as the opposite sex.
Teaching Tolerance or Attacking Religion?
Found In : teaching strategies. NEA believes that a great public school is a fundamental right of every child - free from intimidation and harassment, and safe for all students, including those who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered. There is only one real issue for educators: We are responsible for our students' safety and education.
Parents who spent five months in mediation with teachers at a primary school in Birmingham over LGBT equality lessons have resumed protests after the school announced it would be relaunching equality teaching in September. This comes as more than 50 MPs wrote to the education secretary, Damian Hinds, urging the government to show stronger support to schools on teaching about same-sex relationships. Parents of pupils at Parkfield community school in Saltley staged weekly protests over the relationship lessons, which they claimed promoted gay and transgender lifestyles.