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Irish school teachers’ guides discuss “challenging the patriarchy”

School teachers are being encouraged to teach students how to organise radical feminist protests, as well as discuss “challenging the patriarchy” and other far-Left talking points by Ireland’s official national curriculum body.

The development comes from a website of the National Council of Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA), which is a sub-branch of the Department of Education.

Regarding the Senior Cycle subject “Politics and Society,” the NCCA offers a document with guides on how teachers should teach “social class and gender as important social categories.”

The document, entitled “Power and decision-making at national and European level,” tells students to analyse how school text books, such as history books, are “gendered,” asking:

“Does the representation of women in history / literature / media reinforce or challenge patriarchy? Find evidence to support your views.”

“The Patriarchy” is a radical feminist idea. It claims that society is inherently sexist and run by men for the systematic oppression of women and girls, deliberately excluding them from holding power or influence.

The document also encourages students to read an Irish Times article entitled: “Society is rigged to reflect the perspective of men,” which claims that life is seriously and systematically stacked against women in areas such as politics, theatre, and more.

Students are told to gather articles “related to gender or social class,” and consider it from a “feminist perspective.”

The NCCA document also links to a “toolkit” from the National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI), entitled “Through the looking glass – A guide to empowering young people to become advocates for gender equality.”

This document, dated 2014, is clearly meant to be shown to students, as the NCCA has labelled it under “very classroom friendly resources.”

This text urges students to pursue feminist goals of equality, adding:

“Feminism is about ending patriarchy. Patriarchy is a social system in which men hold primary power and predominate in all social structures including politics, economics, moral and cultural life, and in families.”

Under a heading entitled “Activism, It’s a Girl Thing,” tips are given aimed at students 16-years-old and up on how to “lobby” government officials and organise protests regarding feminist ideals.

“Anger, organisation, activism and advocacy – its a girl thing,” the document reads.

“Lobbying’ is trying to influence the actions of decision-makers to benefit certain groups. Begin by identifying the issue or problem that you want to see changed and what you want to do about it.”

The text provides practical tips on how to organise feminist protests, from ideal location and timing to maximise impact, to how long speeches should be, to how to write press releases, and more.

It advises that protests should be “colourful, well-advertised and make lots of noise,” and effectively amounts to a tutorial on becoming a radical feminist activist.

Notably, the document also fails to define the word “woman,” describing “transgender” as an “umbrella term that embraces all gender variant individuals.” It says this includes “transsexuals,” “cross-dressers,” and more.

“Transvestite refers to those who dress in the clothing of the other sex. Those who do so for entertainment are called Drag Queens or Drag Kings.”

It may be noteworthy that boys have underperformed compared to girls academically in Irish schools since at least as far back as 2013.

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Additionally, according to 2018 CSO figures, in the 0-24 age range, boys and young men comprised 66% of suicides. In the overall population this rises to 80%.

Politicians have repeatedly attacked what they describe as a “toxic masculine” culture within Irish schools, despite the fact that 86% of Irish primary school teachers and 70% of secondary school teachers are women.

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Gript recently did an exposé on radical gender ideology within official Irish NCCA teaching guides, which can be viewed below.

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