In the clash between Muslim parents and school authorities in the UK over the teaching about homosexuality to small kids, everybody is being a damn idiot.
The parents are idiots because they think kids are harmed more by anything any teacher says at school than by this upheaval. They are also idiots because they think that you can be taught to be gay at school and that school indoctrination works. I grew up in the USSR. It doesn’t work.
The teacher is an idiot because he has no understanding of basic child psychology and doesn’t know that 5-year-olds haven’t reached even the first major stage of separation from parents, and a perception of an antagonism between parents and teachers is very damaging to the learning process.
I wouldn’t want my kid to be taught absolutely anything whatsoever about gender and sexuality at school because I believe that this isn’t what schools are for. But I wouldn’t join any protests because that does a lot more harm than good. At five, a child needs a happy mommy and a happy daddy who are at peace with the school a lot more than… pretty much anything else.
As a teacher, I wouldn’t enter into a clash with parents because, with such young kids, the most helpful thing in my work is an open channel of peaceful and friendly communication with the parents.