Facebook has been accused of helping to ‘brainwash’ children as young as five with maths lessons that teach pupils to use the ‘correct’ pronouns for ‘non-binary’ people.
The social media giant is the main sponsor of School Diversity Week, a campaign endorsed by Gavin Williamson‘s Department for Education and adopted by hundreds of head teachers.
Lesson packs for Key Stage 1 pupils aged five to seven tell children that people have a ‘gender identity’ that may not match their sex at birth, and that some people feel like they are neither male nor female.
The packs include lessons which appear to give more importance to the use of pronouns than sums.
One question says: ‘Harley, (a non-binary and gender-non-conforming person using they/them pronouns) has volunteered to give bottles of water to runners of a Marathon [sic]. They have 15 bottles of water but there are a total of 25 runners in the marathon. How many more bottles of water does Harley need to buy?’
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In accompanying notes, teachers are told: ‘Explain that Harley does not like to be referred to as he/she or him/her so when we describe Harley we use they/them.’
The lesson plan adds: ‘If any children ask why, then you could explain ‘Harley doesn’t feel like a boy or a girl, so by using they/them pronouns they don’t have to feel they are either’. Ask the children to discuss with their partner.’