Anti Bullying Program Into The Schooling System

951 WordsJul 22, 20164 Pages
In 2014 the government funded eight million dollars to safe schools coalition Australia (SSCA) to introduce an optional anti-bullying program into the schooling system. Nationally five hundred schools currently partake in the program, by 2019 the Victorian government is set to make it mandatory for all secondary state schools (Bita, 2016). Though all forms of bullying ought to be censured, the program focuses upon homosexual attraction, intersex and gender diverse children, however the program neglects to address problems of victimisation to an immense range of matters to which children are bullied, including but not limited to body shape or appearance, grades, ethnicity, religious followings and family wealth (FAVA, 2015) The program has been seen to instigate reverse bullying labelling anybody that disagrees with the outlined agenda as homophobic, along with being problematic to an increased feeling of dejection to students harassed for any other reason than sexual orientation (FAVA, 2015), causing much political debate to whether or not the program should be included in the curriculum. The safe schools program is not the first controversial sexual orientated teachings introduced to young students, in 2005 a New South Wales teachers federation endorsed book series “learn to include” complete with teachers manual was introduced, targeting children age 4 to 6 to aid in the prevention of homophobic attitudes in schools (Taylor, 2007, p.214). Political calls for the books
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