ag. “Händs off my children!” (#ConMisHijosNoTeMetas) This was the motto under which in March 2017 more than 1.5 million people in different Peruvian cities were drawn to protest against the gender ideology in the national curriculum, implemented by the Department of Education in the beginning of 2017.
Previously the Peruvian bishop’s conference as well as parents, teachers and several Christian groups in the country had criticised the curriculum because of the contained gender ideology. Notwithstanding any of these objections and criticism the Department of Education implemented the curriculum.
But indeed, in August 2017 the Supreme Court of Justice ruled in favour of an action brought against the Department of Education, because the Court saw an attempt to indoctrinate schoolchildren in the curriculum. Eventually, on 24 November the Department of Education announced the withdrawal of the curriculum in question and the reimplementation of the 2009 curriculum.
The announcement meant a great success to the thousands of parents represented by the group #ConMisHijosNoTeMetas (cf. Catholic News Agency, 1 December 2017).
Phrases and terms like “construct your identity”, “gender identity” or “what is masculine or feminine is constructed day by day” are now banished from the school curriculum (at least for the time being). Despite that one has to be aware of the fact that “the fight in defence of the family will go on”, as says Sergio Burga. He is a researcher at the Population Research Institute’s Latin American office. The 2009 curriculum – though not taken as offensive as the one of 2016 – had raised similar concerns and objections on the parents’ side and will be scrutinised again by advocates and parents.
Also in other countries primary school children come home and tell their parents “daddy, I am a girl but if I want I can become a boy. We learnt that at school”. Or they ask “what happens to children who are unwanted from their mother?” (detached from a parents letter, Pro Life bulletin
No 2). •
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