Target: French Minister for Women’s Rights, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem
Goal: Applaud the French government for implementing LGBT education program in schools
The French government recently announced that elementary schools in the country will be required to start teaching students about LGBT issues in hopes of reducing anti-gay bullying and motivating other countries to fight homophobia. The best way to combat discrimination is to start educating children as early as possible to respect all types of people and to stop stigmatizing young members of the LGBT community. The French government should be applauded for making such a bold effort to promote tolerance among children.
In response to opponents of the program who worry that the content will be inappropriate for young children, government officials have stated that the program is strictly meant to encourage respect and tolerance. This will ensure that children are receiving positive messages about being gay so that later in life, they will respect those in the LGBT community and be comfortable with their own identities.
Other opponents have claimed that it is not possible to stop children from bullying others and that adults naturally learn to stop treating each other disrespectfully. The French government, however, believes that children who are not taught that bullying is wrong will grow up believing that prejudice is acceptable, and continue the cycle of discrimination and violence against the gay community.
It is clear that young children start learning messages of prejudice and hate at an early age, so it is logical and necessary to start teaching messages that combat those harmful attitudes as early as possible. A large number of children in French schools come from homes with same-sex parents, and they must be taught that this is a difference to be respected so that no one will feel alienated because of their differences. The country should be commended for introducing this program and striving to create a more equal society.
Dear Najat Vallaud-Belkacem,
The LGBT tolerance education program to be implemented in primary schools will teach young children to respect each others’ differences and reduce harmful bullying. Educating children as early as possible is the best way to end the cycle of discrimination and prejudice that persists in many communities. Teaching young children about LGBT relationships and families before they start inevitably learning messages of hate will increase the chances that they will grow up to treat everyone with respect, regardless of their differences.
This program could drastically reduce violence and intolerance in schools, and if the program continues, will lead to a more peaceful and compassionate society. If other countries follow your lead and implement similar programs, they too will become safer places for the LGBT community. Thank you for introducing this program and working to end anti-gay violence and discrimination.
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