Fly me to the moon? No thanks, said a 13-year-old girl who refused, because of her faith, to write an assignment for her health and physical education class about being the only heterosexual in a lunar colony with 10 homosexuals.
The class at Windaroo Valley State High School, made up of 13- and 14-year-old girls, was given the scenario and told to answer 10 questions, including how it felt to be a “minority” and what they would do to cope with their situation. They were also told to discuss where ideas about homosexuality came from.
While many of the students were uncomfortable with the assignment or said they didn’t understand the questions, one girl instantly refused because of her religious faith.
“It is against my beliefs and I am not going there,” she told the teacher.
For this, she was given her first-ever failing grade in a health and physical education class.
According to the Brisbane Sunday Mail of Australia, students were told that details of the assignment were to remain in class and they weren’t to discuss it with their parents.
“I went to the school thinking there might have been a personality clash with the teacher,” said the teen’s mother, who only learned of the assignment after her report card was sent home.
“When I started to read it I thought, ‘Oh my God’ … I was shocked by the content,” she said of the assignment.
“My daughter said she didn’t want to do the assignment because she did not believe in homosexuality and did not want to answer the questions. She was being challenged, but she should not be challenged like that at her age.”
The mother was told it would be better if she withdrew her daughter from the public school system and enrolled her in private school.
“It’s no wonder our kids are struggling with the basics when the government is allowing this sort of rubbish to be taught in the classroom,” Queensland, Australia Opposition Leader Jeff Seeney said.
The government “has created a system that tries to tell kids what to think instead of teaching them how to think,” he said. “It is completely out of line for students to be graded on their moral beliefs. It’s not the job of our schools to politicize our children. It is their function to provide our kids with the basics, like reading, writing and math.”
The revelation of “faith-based grading” came to light in the same week Federal Education Minister Julie Bishop announced plans to take control of the schools from Australia’s separate states.
The state education systems, she told a history teachers’ conference, had been hijacked by leftist “ideologues” promoting ideas “straight from Chairman Mao.”
Regarding Windaroo Valley’s homosexuals-on-the-moon assignment, Bishop said it was one more reason to be concerned about Australia’s schools.
“This is another example of a politically-correct agenda masquerading as curriculum,” she said. “Parents need to know the content of school curriculum so they can be confident their children are receiving a high quality education that is also consistent with their values.”
“Knowing the content,” said the girl’s mother, was precisely what Windaroo Valley High did not seem to want, noting that school officials seemed more concerned about how parents learned of the assignment than her daughter’s religious beliefs.
“That’s what concerns me most … the parents had no opportunity to even see the assignment,” she said.
Upon questioning by the Daily Mail, a spokeswoman for Queensland’s public education system said the school had decided to drop the assignment from the curriculum and would work with the family for a “satisfactory resolution.”
“The aim of the assignment was to encourage students to think about diversity, culture and belief systems,” she said. “Schools can offer alternative assessment topics in consultation with parents, if the school is aware of concerns about an assignment.”
That should be good news for one 13-year-old girl at Windaroo Valley High where the school’s website makes this promise:
“Ultimately we offer choice, opportunity and potential. There is something for everyone with new additions being made every year to enhance our progressive curriculum. We want students to be happy.”