Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Letters to the Editor

Editor February 7, 2018

INDOCTRINATION BY STEALTH

Dear Editor,

It’s no secret that our education system and many teachers are strongly influenced by dangerous left wing ideology. Coming to your neighbourhood government school are two programs with benevolent sounding titles —Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships, and Safe Schools Coalition. Don’t be fooled. Scratch the veneer and you will discover that they are cunning exercises in social engineering. Respected Herald Sun columnist, Rita Panahi, nails it when she says the aim of these programs is ‘indoctrination by stealth.’ Education expert, Professor Kevin Donnelly, laments that ‘English as a subject has been captured by the cultural left to impose alliance to neo-Marxist, feminist, gender, gay/lesbian theories on pupils.’

Respectful Relationships makes many spurious claims. One being that many fairy tales are biased against women, portray them as the weaker sex and that men are conditioned to dominate women. The program preaches that many fairy tales are contributing factors to domestic violence. No supporting evidence. Just emotive rhetoric.

Safe Schools is being introduced under the guise of an anti-bullying program to combat bullying against students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ). On this basis, do we introduce separate and exclusive anti-bullying programs for obese students, skinny students, tall students, short students, academics, non-academics? The list goes on. Ros Ward, author of Safe Schools and Marxist, stated at the Safe Schools Coalition Symposium in 2014 that the program ‘was not about bullying. It’s about gender and sex diversity. About same sex attraction. About being transgender. About being lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex.’

Schools already have effective and inclusive anti-bullying programs in place. Schools also have Codes of Conducts for students, teachers and parents that comprehensively address all forms of bullying.

Ros Ward was photographed physically assaulting a Trump supporter by forcibly removing his hat from his head. Strange behaviour for a committed anti-bullying lobbyist. Sensibly, the Victorian Government sacked this person (gender neutral terminology as advocated by Respectful Relationships and Safe Schools) for claiming that the Australian flag is racist and would not be happy until it was replaced by a red one. Safe Schools also preaches that gender is fluid. Tick the box/es: male, female, other.

Safe Schools will not receive federal funding beyond 2017. New South Wales and South Australia have scrapped Safe Schools. Tasmania has withdrawn funding. The union influenced Andrew’s government has mandated that Safe Schools be compulsory in all government secondary by the end of 2018. The Victorian Liberal party has vowed to scrap Safe Schools if it wins the 2018 state election in November.

I’m not homophobic. I support same sex marriage. I oppose Respectful Relationships and Safe Schools.

Principals, teachers, school councils and parents with school age children should thoroughly research these programs.

Schools should educate, not indoctrinate.

Yours sincerely,

Leo Houlihan

Shepparton

 

WE NEED TO WORK ON MAKING OUR TOWN BETTER

Dear Editor,

How on earth did Shepparton get to be the number two place to visit? It is one of the shabbiest towns I’ve ever been in. All the closed up shops, rubbish everywhere, drains all blocked up and around the railway, quite an eyesore. I walk around town at night, something I don’t think the councillors do in the daytime, otherwise they may change their mind about parking meters if they actually saw how many shops are closed.

Drains are blocked with fast food containers, water bottles and cans. The gutters are full of rubbish and leaf matter. I walk along Hayes Street, Maude Street and others and in one block I usually pick up three bags of rubbish. The south end of Maude Street is all broken up. This is a main street in town. There doesn’t seem to be anybody employed to go around on a regular basis to clean the town up except for a street sweeping machine with a very high pitched whine, to annoy people trying to sleep.

There doesn’t seem to be any civic pride. The council should fine people for littering.

There are unmown lawns and nature strips everywhere, plus a lot of graffiti lately and the lack of toilets in the shopping areas is a disgrace.

Yours sincerely,

I. Hay

Shepparton

 

SHEPPARTON CBD PLAN

Dear Editor,

Shepparton needs a plan to breathe life into the CBD that will move with the times and attract people back to a retail hub. As many shops are now empty the west side of Wyndham Street between High and Fryers Streets be turned into trendy inner-city townhouses. The block on the south side of High St between Maude and Corio Streets turned into a multi-deck car park with an enclosed bridge access over High Street to a new Westfield complex that turns the entire block between Wyndham and Corio, and Fryers and High Streets into an indoor retail hub.

Yours sincerely,

M&M Briggs

Shepparton