A new discussion paper has been released that proposes toddlers and preschoolers be subject to LGBT indoctrination.
The review was ordered by the state and federal education ministers.
The review group included representatives from Macquarie University, Queensland University of Technology and Edith Cowan University; they intend to present their recommendations to the education ministers later this year.
Toddlers and preschoolers will learn about non-binary gender identity and become champions of reconciliation and sustainability under a proposed new curriculum for early learning.
Children should explore “aspects of identity formation that encompass gender identity and gender expression (with a non-binary dichotomy)”, according to a discussion paper produced as part of a review of childcare centres, preschools and outside school hours care.
Associate Professor Fay Hadley from the Macquarie School of Education said the purpose of this update was to ensure the learning approaches “continue to reflect contemporary developments in practice and knowledge, while supporting service providers and educators to promote the wellbeing, learning and development of each child”.
The recommendations have been labelled as “gobbledygook and jargon” by curriculum expert and educational consultant Kevin Donnelly from the Australian Catholic University.
“There is a big emphasis on multiple and changing identities and non-binary ideas — we thought children should be children.
“It’s a checklist approach which is overly bureaucratic. We should just focus on kids enjoying being children.”
He also noted it was “imposing a very adult view of quite complex issues” on young children and that “children should not be beholden to ‘politically correct’ ideas.”
Binary spokeswoman, Kirralie Smith, said the proposal was alarming.
“Why do these academics insist on presenting sexualised content to very young children? Why can’t they let kids be kids?” she said.
“Let them play and use their imaginations by all means.
“This can be done without indoctrinating them into an extremist political ideology that denies science and rejects reality. Children should be sheltered from adult, sexual concepts, not deliberately exposed to them.”