“Radical & harmful ideology”: Women’s group slams sex ed plans – Gript

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Women’s rights advocacy group The Countess has accused the National Council for Curriculum Assessment (NCCA) of attempting to breach the constitutional rights of parents.

The remarks were made as Ireland’s official curriculum body has indicated its desire to see RSE (Relationship and Sexuality Education) and SPHE merged into a single compulsory subject, coming into effect in September 2023. If this plan succeeds, the Countess argues that parents will be denied the right to serve as the primary source of religious, moral, and social education of their children.

The group argues that this would violate Article 42.1 and 42.1 of the Constitution, which read:

“1: The State acknowledges that the primary and natural educator of the child is the Family and guarantees to respect the inalienable right and duty of parents to provide, according to their means, for the religious and moral, intellectual, physical and social education of their children.

2: Parents shall be free to provide this education in their homes or in private schools or in schools recognised or established by the State.”

Founder and CEO of the Countess, Laoise Aodha de Brún BL, spoke on the group’s stance in a statement.

“If the NCCA proposed changes go ahead, Gender Identity Theory, Critical Social Justice theory and Queer Theory will be effectively ‘baked into’ every school subject making it impossible for parents to remove their own children from lessons where these contested, radical, and harmful ideological beliefs are taught,” she said.

“It is clear that the NCCA are trying to develop an RSE/SPHE curriculum that is driven ideologically by Gender Identity Theory, Queer Theory and Critical Social Justice Theory.”

She went on to describe the theories in question as “intellectually dishonest.”

“Radical & harmful ideology”: Women’s group slams sex ed plans – Gript

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