British parents take 600 children out of school to protest against new course that they feel 'promotes homosexuality'
The No Outsiders programme is about making children aware of different people's lifestyles and challenges homophobia in primary schools
As many as 600 children were reportedly withdrawn by their parents after a school launched a programme aimed at tackling homophobia.
It has been suggested that 80 percent of the pupils at the Parkfield Community School have been taken out by their Muslim parents in protest of the programme. Alum Rock Community Forum claims the school is "undermining of parental rights and aggressively promoting homosexuality," Birmingham Live reports. "Dialogue, petitioning and protests by parents have been repeated and arrogantly ignored," the forum adds. "Our children, Our Choice — Work with parents not against them."
But the school says the No Outsiders programme, started by the school's assistant headteacher Andrew Moffat MBE, is about making children aware of different people's lifestyles. The programme, run alongside sex and relationship education lessons, promotes LGBT equality and challenges homophobia in primary schools.
It was reported that academic books being read by pupils include 'Mommy,' 'Mama and Me' and 'King & King,' which talks about same-sex relationships and marriages.
Amanda Spielman, chief inspector of Ofsted, had earlier explained how it is vital children know about "families that have two mummies or two daddies". Spielman, in light of angry protests against teachings of same-sex couples, told the BBC; "It's making sure [children] know just enough to know that some people prefer not to get married to somebody of the opposite sex and that sometimes there are families that have two mummies or two daddies. It's about making sure that children who do happen to realize that they themselves may not fit a conventional pattern know that they're not bad, they're not ill."
She further added that "At the end of the day, it's something that the vast majority of faith schools, even those which clearly teach that homosexuality is not right in their faith, still manage to do in a sensitive and careful way that absolutely does fulfill the law and we report on that very regularly in our inspection reports. This is something where we've got to have sane, rational discussion to say, 'Are there places where it's not working well enough that we can find better ways?"
In regard to the ongoing protest, she said; "But it's proper conversation that will change it, not protests."
"The essence of democracy is we don't all get our way. The essence of democracy is that we accept majority decision which means there will always be things that some of us don't like. That if we were running the country, we wouldn't do. But that is the very essence of it - accepting that we can't have 100 per cent of what we want."