New Conservative recognises the vital role education plays in the holistic development of a young person, not just in academics. The potential to see our young people trained in healthy respectful relationships and great family values must not be squandered. Sex education should primarily be taught by parents, and parents should be supported in this where necessary. Previous sex education curricula has been a failed experiment and it is time for a new approach. We believe that relationship education free of sex education would be far more beneficial for all New Zealanders, as it relates to every area of our lives.
Parents should be notified of any intended school based sex education programmes including details of any aspect which may be contentious. The right of parents to withdraw their children from school based sex education must remain. Sex education should not be started in schools until after Year 9. Family Planning should be required to include abstinence and long term relationships as the option with the statistically proven best outcomes for all in their syllabus, or lose their funding.
New Conservative believes research that shows gender identity issues are psychological and not physiological is clear, and therefore gender dysphoria should be dealt with as any other psychological issue. Gender identity should not be taught in schools, apart from offering help for those struggling in that area. Students should use bathrooms, changing rooms and participate in sport based on their biological gender.
Trades: Stream students early so that those best suited for trades are valued and fed
into trade training schools. These schools would supply a lot more practical activities and
link maths, english and science to those trades. Students would graduate with basic tool
skills, health and safety, and the theory component of their chosen trade semi-completed
before entering the workforce. Gaining drivers licenses and First aid certificates could
become part of this education stream.
Charter and correspondence schools: New Conservative supports the
continuation of charter schools and the use of correspondence schooling as an option
for parents, as these have proven successful in the majority of cases.
New Conservative is the only party prepared to speak out against the ideological indoctrination of our children regarding sex and sexuality, and also to call for gender dysphoria to be addressed as a psychological issue.