BALTIMORE (Reuters) – A union in the United States is calling on teachers to stop teaching gay sex to students and to instead teach students about how to “control their own sexual impulses.”
The Teachers College at Columbia University on Wednesday called for the “abolition of homosexuality” from public education in the US and said it would be a “huge victory” for its members.
The teaching ban was introduced in 2014 by the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), which has about 1 million members nationwide.
It would apply to teachers in all 50 states and to all schools in the country, according to the union.
Its main arguments were that it could lead to bullying, sexual harassment and physical violence.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), which is part of the AFT, also supports the ban.
Its president, Dr. Robert Weinstein, said on Thursday that “there is no question” that “sex education is a cornerstone of any good education.”
However, he said, teachers should teach students how to respect their sexuality and “how to use appropriate boundaries.”
“If we want to have a positive conversation about sexuality and gender in this country, we need to teach students the difference between sexual preference and attraction,” he said.
“When you see the world in a more nuanced way, you are more likely to make the right decision, the right choices, the best decisions.”
“The fact is that we are a society that is still very polarized,” he added.
The US has more than 70 percent of the world’s population, but is the world leader in the number of gay people.
It has a law against discrimination against gay people, although a majority of states still have laws prohibiting it.
(Reporting by Jonathan Allen; Editing by Peter Cooney)