Special report Children as young as three have been quizzed about their sexuality by a Melbourne university academic. Monash University’s Dr Mindy Blaise spent five days at an unidentified Victorian childcare centre asking toddlers questions such as “Do boys give you the dreamy eye?”, “Are you a flirt?” and “Have you ever kissed a boy?” She has called for sexuality to be an official subject at kindergartens and childcare centres, and would like homosexuality to feature as a topic of discussion. Melbourne psychologist Michael Carr-Gregg expressed deep misgivings about Dr Blaise’s research and said he was surprised that the university ethics committee allowed it to proceed. “Why the hell can’t we just let children be children?” he asked. (Herald Sun, May 18, 2010). Dr Blaise is a senior lecturer at…
Australian states bear the responsibility for healthcare and education matters.
We need to rethink the trajectory of pedagogy in Australia, and provide far better formation for young minds.
We also need to keep an eye on evolving healthcare policies, particularly regarding bioethical issues.
Read on for suggested policies and methods.