Scotland First!

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No, it’s not another rightist, Unionist, pressure group headed-up by a failed Labour candidate with a name like Pauline Nish, it’s great news about the inclusiveness increasingly characterising the curriculum in Scottish schools.

My own education as recently as the late 1960s was a narrow exercise in high British culture and British imperial history and geography.

By the end of the 20th Century, the curriculum had been broadened to include the social and cultural history of the majority of those in schools. Modern Studies in particular has helped to produce a generation who know more useful things about the society they live in. One obvious impact has been the growing dominance of pro-Independence sentiments amongst the under-50’s, apparent in the polls, resulting it seems from hearing more of the truth of what Empire meant for the majority – poverty, inequality, ill-health and death in rich men’s wars.

Now we see that Scotland will be first in the world to include LGBTQ equality and history in the schools curriculum.

From Edinburgh Live on June 4th:

Next year Scotland will become the first nation IN THE WORLD to teach LGBTQ history in schools. In November 2018, Scottish Ministers accepted in full the recommendations to deliver LGBT inclusive education across the curriculum to improve the learning environments of all children and young people. This means all public school pupils will receive lessons in the equality and identity issues faced by the LGBT community.

Deputy First Minister and Education Secretary John Swinney said:

Scotland is already considered one of the most progressive countries in Europe for LGBTI [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex] equality. I am delighted to announce we will be the first country in the world to have LGBTI inclusive education embedded within the curriculum.

https://www.edinburghlive.co.uk/news/edinburgh-news/edinburgh-pride-scotland-become-first-18365246

7 thoughts on “Scotland First!”

  1. “One obvious impact has been the growing dominance of pro-Independence sentiments amongst the under-50’s, apparent in the polls, resulting it seems from hearing more of the truth of what Empire meant for the majority – poverty, inequality, ill-health and death in rich men’s wars.”

    The Butcher’s Apron deserves to die.

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  2. From Edinburgh Live 4th July

    “Scottish Ministers accepted in full the recommendations to deliver LGBT inclusive education accross the curriculum……..

    Whose reccomendations?

    not against this btw.

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  3. I’m all for LGBTI education, but I have to quibble over the ever-changing list of letters used in this article – the Qs and Is are randomly added and dropped – Q is added at the start as though it is included, which – I am relieved to see – it is not – it is good it isn’t included because Queer is a lurid sex act, it is men dressing up as a parody of a ‘woman’ and performing pornographic sexual acts on stage for adults and I really do not think that appropriate for school children. Intersex is a fairly rare range of physical conditions, and I always find it strange it is often tacked on the end of a list of sexual orientations because it is a medical condition(s) and there are a lot of medical conditions – that could equally be taught to children – but fair enough.

    I would really like to see a society where everyone is comfortable with all sexual orientations and no stigma is attached because of adult sexual attractions, and proper education will help with that – as long as it is done properly and children are not influenced into physically changing their bodies at a young age. So I repeat Clydebuilt’s question – whose recommendations? Are they appropriate? Children need to be allowed to grow up in a safe environment that allows them to be able to make informed choices as adults, and there are two court cases ongoing at the moment of children who were never given that chance, so I am sceptical of how appropriate the advice is.

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