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All schools must teach about homosexuality, cabinet decides

Friday 17 February 2012

All primary and secondary schools are to be required to provide pupils with information about homosexuality, ministers agreed at their Friday cabinet meeting.

MPs from across the political spectrum had urged education minister Marja van Bijsterveldt to incorporate lessons about homosexuality in their core tasks last year. The minister had originally wanted to leave the issue up to schools themselves.

The three Christian parties continue to oppose the measure, website nu.nl reports.

The Netherlands has dozens of fundamentalist Christian schools which oppose homosexuality on Biblical principles and use a legal loophole to avoid employing gay teachers.

Earlier stories
Support for gay rights improves, but schools and religion still a problem
MPs back education on homosexuality

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

This is more the Dutch initiative I like and a great break from Wilders

By Peter Altman | 17 February 2012 5:42 PM

@Peter Altman: Geert Wilders never proposed any "anti-gay" agenda. On the contrary.

I don't like msot of his propostions, but let's not stick positions he doesn't support just to make him look bad.

By Andre L. | 17 February 2012 6:22 PM

Exactly what this country needs after having been demoted in the PISA ranking.

By Dunya | 17 February 2012 7:04 PM

So, if this is added, what a joke the educational system is in terms of religious freedom. This is a slap in the face showing the true intolerance in the Netherlands is against individuals that hold strong religious convictions or political positions based on facts.

By bet | 17 February 2012 8:46 PM

'The three Christian parties continue to oppose the measure'
What? Christians going against the words in their own Bible. No, Say it isn’t so. And they have the audacity to call themselves Christians? A good reason to avoid their church and Bible if all it teaches its parishioners is to treat others with hatred. Someone needs to teach these so-called ignorant Christians to practice what they preach.

By B | 17 February 2012 10:33 PM

@Andre L: Perhaps you should read Peter's comment more carefully, he's referring to Wilder's initiatives in general as being intolerant, not that he's anti-gay. Calling Wilder's "anti-gay" would be like saying the pope hates Catholics.

By Quince | 18 February 2012 2:54 AM

@Andre: I don't think that's what he's saying. In my opinion, his comment is referring to having a "break from Wilders" in the headlines, since he's the only one that seems to make initiatives these days. I don't think Peter was explicitly saying anything about Wilders and his stance on gays.

By Stupid | 18 February 2012 10:47 AM

So freedom of religion is more important than freedom from bigotry?

I don't think so...in fact I prefer freedom FROM religion outside church walls. I resent any measures that involve converting the outside world. You want religion, go to a place of worship, and leave the secular world alone.

By CW | 18 February 2012 6:18 PM

I am very curious about what they are going to teach about homosexuality and the approach they plan to give to the topic.

By Julieta | 18 February 2012 10:42 PM

Hmm, interesting... And what should the final exam look like?

By George | 19 February 2012 7:21 AM

I dont think schools should teach religion or sexuality. These are very personal topics that can not be truly taught, they come only with experience and knowledge of self. Trying to teach both to children just makes them more worried about WHAT they are instead of WHO. Its a journey not a curriculum.

By Sortholan | 19 February 2012 10:22 AM

Funny how there is supposed to be separation between religion and government, and then so many Christian groups complain about political issues they say intrude on their beliefs (or non-beliefs), especially when those beliefs reek of discrimination. You think they would just say thanks for the subsidies and tax-free ride, and call it a day! Instead they complain their discriminatory views may be put upon.

By JJ | 19 February 2012 5:33 PM

@Julieta @George...I am also curious how the Dutch education system will approach this subject as there are bound to be students whose religions forbid homosexuality. Will educators also bring religion into the classroom too? Seems Dutch teachers will have a very complex time teaching this subject since basic sexuality and birth control is difficult for so many to openly discuss. Wish them luck.

By BJ | 19 February 2012 5:57 PM

It's not even a question of freedom of religion. The core idea of Schools is education. Homosexuality is a part of society, and thus children should learn about it. Why should children be taught, or left in, ignorance by ignorant elders.

@George, I guess the final exam will either be in social studies, or biology. Personally I hope in both. As gays are a part of society, and being gay is how god created us right?

By poesjkin | 20 February 2012 8:21 AM

homosexuality ,part of our society??
so is group sex, prostitution,and more,you wanna teach that too??? pray that God soon comes back!!bring the word of God back in the schools and families and you will be blessed!

By Jenn Gorter | 20 February 2012 2:15 PM

If parents choose for their children to opt out that, should be allowed. If parents wish, for their children to be educated in a faith school of their choice, their preferences should, be respected. Sex education should, be left to the discretion of the parents, not forced upon their children as a compulsory curriculum. Sex education was not forced upon me, or my siblings, or piers. The problem with society today is, we have lost all moral fibre, what others perceive as acceptable, is now being forced upon society, whether, we agree or not? Address, these issues first. Most children leave school today without, a good grasp of the three R's, never mind trying to fathom out LBGT issues.

By Highlander | 20 February 2012 4:46 PM

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