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This is a dangerous trend

A statement from the union circulated on social media said that staff were unaware of the links when they published the review and that it was being withdrawn as it was not “consistent” with the NEU’s view.

It’s not the content of the book, it’s who the book is associated with.

The review in the NEU’s Educate magazine said that the book answered questions about sex and gender in an “easy to access, non-threatening way” that was useful to parents and teachers.


The review was welcomed on social media by Transgender Trend, which said that they were “thrilled”.

But the connection between the book and the group, which campaigns for evidence-based healthcare and scientific teaching in schools, led to backlash from trans activists.

Who it’s associated with. Not OK.

Teachers should be wary of logical fallacies like poisoning the well and at hitlerium, no?

16 thoughts on “This is a dangerous trend”

  1. ’The illustrated book sets out that there are only two sexes and says that gender is a “social construct”.’

    I wish I could see how a tiny and unrepresentative group of highly deranged people somehow have gained so much power that institutions are avoiding obvious truths. And expecting to be praised for it.

  2. Well the book seems good, ie I agree with it, from what little I could pick up from the bit of the Telegraph I saw. And Transgender Trend, from a quick glance at its website, seems to have the right ideas.

    However, actually supporting foreigners’ opinions!!!!

    But then I remember that Euclid was a Gyppo, as was Eratosthenes. And even Heron. Besides there were all those foreigners the Yanks roped in the build the atomic bomb.

    So I’d have to agree with you Tim. It’s the quality of the work, not the people who produce it that matters.

  3. the book answered questions about sex and gender in an “easy to access, non-threatening way”

    Hands up if you’ve ever felt threatened by a book.

  4. TMB

    When we had to read David Copperfield at school, and I saw the huge unabridged version. Thank God I didn’t have to read that one.

  5. @ BiW
    Once, when I was at school, another boy hit me over the head with a massive 700+ pages Physics textbook, and broke the spine of the book. If a rugby forward had done that it might have been dangerous.

  6. @TMB “Princples and Problems in Physical Chemistry for Biologists”, 1989ed.

    A5, and not thicker than your average throwaway bodice ripper. The bits of english in it are only to connect the calculus and set problems/exercises.
    The Wake-Up Call for many a Freshman… Welcome to Thermodynamics!!

    I still use it on occasion to show kids what Real University is like, and to frustrate Climate “scientists”.

    A truly fearsome little book..

  7. That looks suspiciously like Gill Sans you’re using on this site Timmy Boy, how DARE you! I feel corrupted!

    I think it’s Arial, which is Gill Sans changed just enough to avoid copyright issues :). Gill Sans evolved from the original London Underground typeface, and was adopted by the LNER and then BR.

  8. If your browser settings don’t actually force a font type… 😛

    But what a quick scan through the CSS porridge tells me it’s the “lato” font, defaulting to Arial-family. 😛

  9. I think it’s Arial, which is Gill Sans changed just enough…

    Arial was (is) a Helvetica clone, not Gill Sans – but you’re right, the source for Gill Sans was the typography for the Underground.

  10. Not entirely. There was one very fun bloke who went and got a ladder, climbed it then tried to attack those statues. Of course, being British, I think it was more because Gill buggered his dog rather than his same behaviour with his daughters.

  11. Salas, Hille & Anderson; Calculus: One and Several Variables was ours. That could injure your foot if dropped.

    I actually still occasionally refer to it when doing floating point coding.

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