Friday, December 5, 2014

Sex and politics just don’t mix

Former premier Dalton McGuinty discovered in 2010 that sex and politics just don’t mix. That’s when he first tried to re-vamp the sex education curriculum.

He was forced to back-track not because parents are prudes, as some would have you believe, but because parents believed they know what’s best for their kids. And they weren’t consulted.

They weren’t ready for a curriculum that would have kids in Grade 1 identifying body parts and that would have taught eight-year-olds about same sex marriage and gender identity.

Grade 6 students would have learned about such issues as oral and anal sex.

The proposed curriculum was not age-appropriate and it triggered an uproar. While some would have you believe it was the homophobic religious right or Catholic school boards that led the fight, it was clear most parents weren’t comfortable with such a radical overhaul.

Premier Kathleen Wynne has pledged to re-visit the curriculum after “parental consultation.”

It turns out that discussion is a vague questionnaire filled out by only one parent at each school - the chair of the school council. It asks leading and vague questions.

Now Wynne’s making noises that the latest spate of sexual assault revelations make the sex-ed revamp urgent. Nonsense.  (more...)

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