Educational Equality Act

Discrimination and harassment against protected classes in schools, such as targeting of minority students and discriminatory hate speech, is a widespread problem in some member nations, denying such students a safe and healthy education experience. Such discrimination and harassment can also create undue pressure on minority students to conceal their identity or minority status. However, some schools still take little to no action against discrimination within their schools, or merely engage in “lip service” against discrimination in the absence of strong legislation protecting minority groups in education. The World Assembly thus enacts as follows,

For the purposes of this resolution, these terms are defined as follows,

    A "school" is defined as an institution designed for the organised education of students by providing learning spaces and environments.

    A "protected class" is any social categorisation implicitly or explicitly defined by World Assembly law as arbitrary or reductive, or which is protected as such under national or subnational law.

    "Hate speech" is defined as public speech which expresses or promotes, whether explicitly or implicitly, hate or discrimination towards a protected class; this includes, but is not limited to, the use of slurs against said class.

Every school must actively and continuously work to prevent, and take action against, any instances within the scope of said school's authority of (a) hate speech, or (b) harassment of individuals based on their real or perceived membership of a protected class. Every school must also encourage its students to report and try to stop such acts should they occur. However, this provision shall not be interpreted as prohibiting the use of examples of hate speech for educational purposes, so long as this occurs in a manner which does not construe such hate speech as correct or legitimate.

Every school must offer resources to its students to

    assist them in coming to terms with their belonging to a protected class;

    help them overcome harassment or discrimination for their real or perceived membership of a protected class; and

    otherwise support its students' mental health from issues involving said students' real or perceived membership in a protected class, including discrimination motivated thereby.

Every member nation must prescribe, as part of a mandatory curriculum for all its students under the age of majority, regardless of whether relevant schools are publicly owned, and in a manner appropriate to said students' age, an understanding of discrimination against protected classes in said member nation, including

    the subjects, forms, and prevalence of discrimination in the present day, including recognising such discrimination, how and why it is unjust, and the impacts of various types of discrimination;

    any history in that member nation of discrimination against protected classes, regardless of state-enforced nature or lack thereof in such discrimination; and

    how such students can personally act to prevent or otherwise halt observed acts of discrimination or harassment against individuals based on their protected class status.

All member nations must prohibit schools under their jurisdiction from discriminating against their students on the basis of their real or perceived membership of a protected class.

More info here: NationStates • View forum - General Assembly

This resolution is now up for vote.

Bai Lung will vote AGAINST.

Educational Equality Act was passed 11,199 votes to 1,516.