BBC under fire for using children in ‘social experiment’ to create ‘gender neutral school’

THE BBC was under fire last night for using impressionable young children in a “social experiment” to create a “gender neutral school” for a TV show.

ChildrenA class of seven-year-old pupils were given a “gender neutral bookcase” which featured stories about a princess saving a prince and a princess with superpowers during the six-week trial.

Class teacher Graham Andrew, who is also the head of Lanesend Primary School on the Isle of Wight, was banned from using affectionate terms such as “sweet pea” and “mate”.

Education experts fear the experiment could cause the children involved psychological distress and harm, both in the short and long-term.

“The BBC seems unable to separate fantasy from reality. The fantasy world created at Lanesend Primary School might be permissible in science fiction drama such as Doctor Who, but it can run close to child abuse when translated into real life.”…

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