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Many people are very confused about whether or not schools can still teach gender equity education after the referendum at the end of 2018; and teachers are worried about being sued for teaching gender equity courses. However, if teachers do not teach gender equity, they can have a bad conscience for disregarding children’s developmental needs.

We sort out the five most asked questions by teachers after the referendum, hoping to assist teachers in Teaching Gender Equity with Confidence.

Q1: Can teachers teach gender temperament, sexual orientation, and gender identity in school?

Of course, yes! Teachers have a legal basis to teach gender equity education.

According to the Gender Equity Education Act, schools shall provide a gender-fair learning environment, respect and give due consideration to students, faculty, and staff with different gender, gender temperaments, gender identity, and sexual orientation. Moreover, it shall establish a safe campus environment.

In terms of the hierarchy of the legal system, the Gender Equity Education Act is a law ranked higher than the Enforcement Rules for the Gender Equity Education Act—a regulation. Thus, even though the Enforcement Rules for the Gender Equity Education Act has been changed, it still will not affect teachers to teach concepts like gender temperament, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

Moreover, the current Article 13 of the Enforcement Rules for the Gender Equity Education Act stipulates that gender equity education courses should contain “affective education, sex education, different gender, gender characteristics, gender temperaments, gender identity, and sexual orientation, and prevention and handling of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and sexual bullying on campus.” (1080046480B, Ministry of Education.)

Therefore, from either law or regulation, “courses on knowing more about and respecting gender differences, gender characters, gender temperaments, gender identities, gender orientation education” should be the contents taught in school.

The following chart is the explanation of gender equity education provided by the K-12 Education Administration, Ministry of Education after the referendum:

Q2: What should I prepare before teaching courses related to gender equity?

These are things you can do:

☑ Telling LGBTQ related stories, picture books or current affairs in class is considered teachers’ teaching activity, which is no need to be sent to the Committee of School Curriculum Development.

☑ Compiled and selected teaching materials or activities that are adopted for the whole grade or school for one whole semester or more will be presented to the school’s Committee of School Curriculum Development for further review.

Reference: A letter of notification from K-12 Education Administration, Ministry of Education: inviting experts outside of school to come and provide teaching assistance in class.

Q3: Is there anything that I need to pay attention to when teaching gender equity education courses?

These are things you can do:

Have sufficient communication with students in the class.

Take a record of students’ feedback and their learning diary.

Q4: What should teachers do if they receive a complaint after class?

These are things you can do:

☑ Clearly describe the legal basis of teaching gender equity and explain teacher’s communication before the class and students’ feedback collected after the class.

☑ Invite gender-friendly parents and students to share their feedback on the class contents.

Q5: If our school needs teachers to provide the basis of teaching gender equity education, what should I write?

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