Had to share this story as I am one of the concerned parents. Click HERE for the link to the article.
And below is a quote from PAFE (Parents As First Educators), along with a petition that you can copy and paste in another window.
If after reading it you can take a moment to forward our online petition against introducing explicit information into Ontario sex education classes, we would greatly appreciate it. The link is:
Why won’t Liberals let parents in on sex-ed talk?
BY CHRISTINA BLIZZARD, QMI AGENCY
FIRST POSTED: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2014 05:31 PM EST | UPDATED: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2014 09:40 PM EST
TORONTO – Any time sex and politics collide, you can expect fireworks.
Around Queen’s Park, the combination of those topics is explosive. Anyone who dares question how the government will implement its new sex education curriculum is immediately slapped with a variety of labels: You’re homophobic, reactionary — or just plain prudish.
So much for full and free debate.
That’s a pity, because school curriculum shouldn’t have a political agenda.
The last time the Liberals introduced their controversial attempt to overhaul the sex-ed curriculum that’s exactly what happened. It became a political football largely because of the way the Liberals politicized it.
It’s a terrible pity that people who profess to be so open-minded are in fact the ones who don’t tolerate debate.
It’s not prudish to question the age appropriateness of a sex-ed curriculum.
And that was the big problem with the last attempt to revamp the curriculum. It was wildly inappropriate in introducing sensitive sexual topics at a much too early an age.
In 2010, former premier Dalton McGuinty was forced to back down on the controversial update that had parents across the province in an uproar and MPPs hurling epithets.
Glen Murray, now environment minister, told the gay newspaper Xtra! that rural Liberal MPPs were having difficulty explaining the new curriculum to constituents.
“The right-wing reactionary homophobes just love these issues,” he told the paper.
Back then, now-premier Kathleen Wynne called then PC leader Tim Hudak a “homophobe” for raising the issue in the legislature.
That kind of personal nastiness said this wasn’t about revamping an out-of-date curriculum. It was about imposing your own values on the school system.
Now the Liberals say they’ll “consult” with parents on a new curriculum.
But only certain hand-picked parents.
Chairman of school councils will be asked for their input.
“In a lot of cases the chairs of the school councils are not necessarily representative of the whole school population,” said Doretta Wilson, of the Society For Quality Education.
“They could be hand-picked by the principal,” she said.
Many religious groups — not just the Catholic board — have difficulties with certain aspects of the sex-ed curriculum.
There’s a school in Wynne’s own riding, for example, where Muslim students are allowed to pray in the cafeteria on Friday afternoons. Girls must sit behind the boys, and those who are menstruating sit at the very back.
It’s permitted under the board’s “religious accommodation” rules.
Do you think parents who uphold that regressive view of the role of young women in society will support having their children taught about oral and anal sex — as would have been required in the revamped curriculum?
Education Minister Liz Sandals says while the entire school can’t opt out of the curriculum, parents can choose to take their kids out of sex-ed classes.
“The provincial curriculum is the provincial curriculum, but it’s always possible for parents, either individually or if there’s a group of parents who want to have their children withdrawn on particular topics, that’s always available,” she said Thursday.
Look, this is 2014. Put the proposed curriculum on a website and let all parents take a look and comment on it — not just those parents with a pre-approved stamp of political correctness.
That’s the way to have a full and frank discussion.
If this revamp is done behind closed doors by a select group of Liberal nodding dogs, it will be doomed to failure.
What’s the government so scared of?
Like it or not, questions of sexuality are intensely personal and parents deserve to have control over what their children are taught.
This “we know best” attitude the Liberals demonstrate so often is patronizing and demeaning to parents and is Big Brother — or perhaps Big Sister — at its worst.