The parents of young girls at a primary school in the UK are experiencing first-hand just how misleading the promise that “same-sex marriage won’t affect anyone else” is.
Vishnitz Girls School, a private primary school for orthodox Jewish girls, has failed two inspections from the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) for failing to teach the students about sexual orientation and gender re-assignment. The school only caters for students aged between 3 and 11 years old.
The Daily Mail UK explains:
Last month, Vishnitz Girls School — where the teaching of Jewish and religious studies was singled out for praise by inspectors in its first Ofsted report of July 2013 — was presented with an ultimatum: teach your children about homosexuality and gender reassignment, or we will close you down.
In the space of four years, Ofsted inspectors have now graded it as a failing school, based on this sole issue.
Same-sex marriage was legalised in the UK in July 2013, notably the last time that Vishnitz Girls School passed the education office’s inspection.
It’s not simply homosexuality or gender reassignment that Vishnitz does not teach. The Daily Mail goes on to report that in this particular Jewish tradition, the entirety of sex education is left to the parents and not the schools.
In times past, this has been acceptable to education authorities. Not anymore. According to Ofsted, explicit education about sexual orientation is seen as necessary education in “fundamental British values.” The Ofsted report on the school reads:
Pupils are not taught explicitly about issues such as sexual orientation. This restricts pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and does not promote equality of opportunity in ways that take account of differing lifestyles. As a result, pupils are not able to gain a full understanding of fundamental British values.
Parents are facing extraordinary consequences: educate your infant daughters explicit details about sexual orientation, or else. The Daily Mail puts it this way:
[As] far as Ofsted is concerned, Haredi schools face a simple choice: abandon a key religious principle or be closed down.
These parents have found out the hard way: redefining marriage has consequences for every family.