PPTA’s “Rainbow Taskforce” brought down to earth by Kumara Bill

The PPTA teachers union has gone for the most important thing during an election year:  shorts for girls and toilets for chicks with dicks.

For once, Bill’s Southland dry wit as come in handy

Prime Minister Bill English says he doesn’t know what is meant by gender-neutral school uniforms – saying all most parents care about is being able to find their children’s matching socks.

“It all depends what you mean by gender-neutral. Some girls’ schools have girls wearing shorts. I don’t know if that is gender-neutral or just girls wearing shorts. I’m not going to get into the definitions of it,” English said at his weekly post-Cabinet press conference.

“Parents take a practical view, generally. They just want uniforms that are hard-wearing, easy to wash, easy to find and the socks always match. And that’s the hard bit.

And he should know.  He’s probably spent a median year’s salary on uniforms in his lifetime.  

“I can tell you, the Government will not be focusing on trans-gender uniforms, it sounds like there are plenty of other people who are experts on it to sort it out.”

English made his comments after a front-page story in the Herald about new guidelines from the secondary teachers’ union.

The Post Primary Teachers’ Association (PPTA), says both boys and girls should be able to “choose from a range of shorts, trousers, skirts of different lengths and styles, with both tailored and non-tailored interchangeable shirts”.

“It is important that access to specific uniform items is not limited on the basis of biological sex or perceived gender identity,” the guidelines say.

They also urge schools to provide “individual toilet and shower units with lockable doors and floor-to-ceiling divisions” and “options for students to change and shower in privacy”.

The thing I don’t understand is why this is foremost on the PPTA’s mind.  You’d think they’d be winding up some strike action for more money for the teachers in an election year.

Instead they’ve jumped on the gender identity debacle where 99.(something) percent of the community has to bend to the needs of … we used to call them freaks.

I grew up with lesbians, guys in wheel chairs, coffee coloured people, women and even some gay people at school.  And if they were getting any static, it was because they weren’t nice people.  Not because of the crutch they wanted to beat society with.

If teachers unions are now more concerned about one in 1000 students having their own place to pee instead of looking after their members’ working conditions, can we at least agree all the real problems have been solved by now?


– NZ Herald

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