Sunday, May 3, 2015

Ontario parents plan student 'strike' against sex-ed changes

A group of Ontario parents is planning to pull their children from classes Monday to protest against changes to the province’s sex-ed curriculum.

The Toronto District School Board says schools in the area have received notification from parents who say they intend to keep their children home this week as part of a “strike” against curriculum changes.

A Facebook group promoting the strike has more than 8,850 "likes," and provides a pre-written letter for parents to give to schools to explain why their kids are missing.

"We believe that the new Health and Physical Education curriculum contains information that we consider age-inappropriate and do not align with the principles and beliefs of our family," the letter reads.

TDSB spokesperson Shari Schwartz-Maltz said that, in her seven years with the school board, she has never before seen parental opposition like this.

"In some cases, some schools have received many (letters). In other cases, schools have just received verbal messages to a teacher or to the principal," she said.  (more...)

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