by C. Gwendolyn Landolt, February 25, 2015
Education Minister Liz Sandals has released the controversial sex education curriculum. It is essentially the same as the unacceptable curriculum released in 2010. The latter caused so much controversy that it was withdrawn.
Anyone who knows and understands children is aware that children in grade 3 (age 8) should not be burdened with information about “gender identity” (e.g. male, female, two-spirited, transgender, transsexual, and intersex) and sexual orientation and same-sex families; in grade 6 (age 11) about masturbation and the rejection of words such as “husband” and “wife”; or in grade 7 (age 12) about anal, oral and vaginal sex. It is significant that this curriculum addresses “gender identity” 35 times through a child’s development from grade one to eight. What is its message? To encourage children to question their gender?
The curriculum appears to be a programme to indoctrinate children rather than to educate them.
Premiere Wynne has stated she is not going to make any changes to the new curriculum which is to be implemented this fall. Why is she forcing her views on the public and our children? Ontario supposedly does not have a totalitarian government.
“Parents do not share a common vision about the nature, content and age appropriateness of a sex education program”, said Gwen Landolt, Vice President of REAL Women of Canada. “Most parents have their own values and perspective, and are far better placed to carry out the responsibility of teaching their children in sexual matters, than the so-called ‘experts’ who impose their own values and standards by way of these programs.”
It is crucial therefore, that any policy on sex education should have parental approval, which was absent in this curriculum development. Also, it should provide for parents, who object to the program, the alternative of opting their children out of the program.