Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Parents need to be their children’s chief sex educator

Peter Stockland, publisher of Convivium magazine and a senior fellow with Cardus think-tank
The chairwoman of Vancouver’s school board declared it “bizarre” last week that a group of parents is taking legal action to overturn policy allowing self-identified transgender students to use the washroom of their choice.

Leave aside the mysterious speed with which self-styled “transgender issues” have transformed society in ways that would have left us slack-jawed a decade ago. What’s “bizarre” is that an elected official can be so overconfident in her correctness that she can be so utterly dismissive of parents who are also voters.

Yet a new report being released today argues such anti-parental attitudes are much more than politically risky. They defy solid social science research.

“Parents are their child’s primary sex educator,” writes Peter Jon Mitchell in the study issued by the Ottawa-based Institute for Marriage and Family Canada. “They know the sensitivities of their children and are perfectly placed to parent their children through critical stages of development.”  (more...)

Release from The Institute of Marriage and Family Canada:

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