Parents of teenage girls are calling on the education system to address the widespread social and sexual abuse of boys in schools.
In a petition to the NSW Government, the NSW Parents’ Council said the problem was far too often hidden behind the veil of “gender equity”.
The NSW PCC said parents of girls were “willing to do whatever is necessary to ensure that their children are taught about the harm that can be caused by these practices”.
In its letter to Education Minister David Campion, the NSPCC said boys are often “taught to be violent, antisocial, antisiphobic and homophobic” and “have been systematically discriminated against” in schools, with boys and young men “often excluded from school, excluded from activities and excluded from sporting participation”.
The NSW Parents Council has previously called for more funding to be spent on preventing bullying, and said parents had “little choice” about what to teach their daughters about boys. “
In many schools, girls are often excluded from sports and sport programs and are even banned from participating, even though boys are still included in some of the programs and activities.”
The NSW Parents Council has previously called for more funding to be spent on preventing bullying, and said parents had “little choice” about what to teach their daughters about boys.
“There are many factors that contribute to bullying against boys,” it said.
“Some factors are linked to social isolation, such as family issues and poor academic performance, but there are also factors such as the fact that boys are more likely to be perceived as aggressive and aggressive with the opposite sex.”
“We also know that there are strong negative effects on boys’ health and well-being.”
It said schools need to be made more “gender-sensitive” to better reflect the “differences in sexual behaviour” in boys and girls.
A study by the US National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) found more than half of girls in the US report being bullied at school.
“It’s not surprising that boys have been more frequently bullied than girls,” the NCTE said.
The NSW Government responded to the PCC’s petition, saying it was “unacceptable” for the NSW PPC to argue against the Government’s funding decisions.
“The Government recognises that there is no uniform approach to the issues of gender and sexuality in education, and it recognises the importance of gender equity in education and supports the right of all children to access appropriate, sensitive and supportive educational experiences for their own and their family’s development,” a spokesman for the Department of Education said.
NSW Minister for Education David Campions response The NSW Minister of Education is expected to release his budget in the next few weeks.
He said he wanted to “continue to work with the states and territories to ensure funding is delivered in a way that addresses the needs of the most vulnerable students in our community”.
The Coalition Government has proposed $12 million for the state’s schools to be gender-sensitive, which would include funding for gender-neutral education programs.
Mr Campion said it was important to recognise the “complexity of the issues” surrounding boys and boys’ experiences in schools and to provide the necessary funding to ensure gender-integrated and gender-equal learning for all students.