A couple from the UK, Nigel and Sally Rowe, pulled their six-year-old son from a Christian school as a form of protest because the school allowed transgender children to attend.
The school is part of the Church of England educational system and is overseen by the Diocese of Portsmouth. School officials support gender-nonconforming and transgender students by respecting the rights of parents and children in regards to gender identity.
Refinery29 says the father of the boy pulled from the school and will be home-schooled along with his elder brother. Previously, they took the older boy from the same school because of a different transgender child in his class.
The incident that prompted the Rowes to take their younger boy out of the school was when he came home one day and asked questions about a boy in his class that sometimes dresses as a boy and other time dresses as a girl.
Child psychologists say that it is perfectly reasonable for any young person to have questions when they encounter a transgender or gender non-conforming person for the first time. Rowe complained that his son was too young to understand such a challenging concept. However, educators say otherwise.
Children have an enormous capacity to understand new things if given a chance to talk about them in a healthy way. Rather than have a knee-jerk negative reaction, professionals would recommend that such a discussion is an excellent opportunity for a teachable moment. A talk with a child about the value of diversity was warranted and not promoting the false stereotype that there is something inherently bad about trans people by removing the child from an inclusive environment.
The father went on BBC radio to express his views. He said, “We have a social understanding that we have boys and we have girls. There’s a distinct difference between male and female, not just in what you wear but also within our DNA, the way that we are as boys and the way that we are as girls. We feel that there’s a political agenda that’s driving and pushing this.”
Despite the Rowes’ opinion, gender non-conforming children are protected by law in the UK under the Equalities Act 2010. Besides the legal requirements, the school’s official policy is to have an inclusive environment where students are taught to accept diversity. Gender identity choices, as well as religious choices, are honored by the school. The director of education for the Diocese, Jeff Williams, said: “Because our schools have a Christian ethos, we also believe that children of all faiths and those with none should all feel equally welcomed, valued, and nurtured as children of God within our learning communities.”
Bigotry and prejudice are learned behaviors and that is what the Rowes are teaching their children. Shame on them.
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