letting boys down

We Are Letting Boys Down

19 September 2023

1.7 MINS

An Australian newspaper recently called young boys potential domestic violence “monsters”. Smears like this don’t help. We need to stop letting boys down.

A recent article in The West Australian was titled ‘School DV lessons: How we STOP this kid becoming a monster’, featuring a photo of a young boy.

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It reads, “The relentless scourge of domestic violence in WA has led to many suggestions for solutions. Experts with actual lived experience claim the most promising chance at ending the crisis lies within our schools.”

The implication is that without the “experts” and their “lived experience,” boys in W.A. schools will inevitably become violent monsters. Apparently, we need the wisdom of these anointed ones to save us.

Such headlines and emotional literacy programs are often a Trojan Horse for smuggling progressive talking points into children’s education. In this case, moralising about “the patriarchy” and “toxic masculinity.”

You can watch my speech in the Senate on “the war on men” here:

The “Experts” are Letting Boys Down

“Experts” love imposing “solutions” to address the “root causes” of crime. These “solutions” usually reflect the progressive ideology of said experts rather than what works.

Is there any evidence that finger-wagging innocent young boys in school reduces domestic violence? Perhaps our education system ought to focus on achievement, academic excellence, and discipline, and our justice system on punishing violent offenders.

When boys are provided the opportunity to accomplish something and do well in school, rather than being nagged about things they haven’t done, their character will develop.

Fundamentally, it is the duty of parents to raise and educate their children. Leaving it to the public schools and government “experts” is not a good idea.

How We Can Stop Letting Boys Down

Our nation’s literacy and numeracy standards continue to fall. Earlier this year, the Productivity Commission (the government’s research and advisory body) published a report saying, “tens of thousands of students do not achieve basic levels of literacy and numeracy each year.”

Could it have anything to do with the fact that students spend too much time on emotional topics, designed to make them more politically correct, rather than on real learning?

I am often contacted by parents who are concerned about the progressive material being imposed on their children in schools. Parents expect their children to be learning reading, writing, and arithmetic, not to be moralised about toxic masculinity.

We must return to a classical standard of education that focuses on learning and achievement. That will help to instil the character we hope to see in boys and men, which will benefit everyone in our nation.


Image via Unsplash.

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One Comment

  1. Leonie Robson 19 September 2023 at 10:17 am - Reply

    Thankyou Senator Alex, your continued fight against the Woke agendas and your stance on Life and freedom is so very essential.
    As a mother of three boys, we need to do everything possible to educate and inspire them. To instill values and morals.
    Get them into sport and off their phone.
    God bless you and your family.

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