Thursday, October 30, 2014

Ontario seeks massaged, sanitized parent input on sex-ed curriculum

Education Minister Liz Sandals selling snake oil
TORONTO - Ontario will quiz a select group of parents about age-appropriate sex education in schools.

Only one parent from each elementary school will be allowed to fill out the online confidential survey, and that person will be handpicked by the school principal.

After a strong public backlash, the province withdrew a previous proposal to teach children at an earlier age about sexuality, starting in Grade 1 with the proper names for genitals.

Former premier Dalton McGuinty promised in 2010 to consult with parents before implementing a new health and physical-education curriculum - a commitment that was repeated by Premier Kathleen Wynne.

Wynne was education minister at the time the controversial course rewrite was introduced.

That curriculum proposal mandated that sex education begin in Grade 1 and progress in Grade 3 to same-sex relations and gender identity.

By Grade 8, it would have covered many sensitive subjects, such as masturbation, and oral and anal sex.  (more...)

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