Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Most Ontario parents left out of new sex-ed consult, laments public school board chair

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, January 27, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- Janet McDougald, the chairwoman of one of Ontario’s largest school districts, has complained to the education minister over the inadequacy of the ministry’s public consultation over its new sex education and health curriculum.

And Teresa Pierre, president of Parents as First Educators, says there are many more parents and trustees who share the Peel District School Board’s concerns.

McDougald told the Brampton Guardian she had written Education Minister Liz Sandal to alert them that both trustees and parents “are concerned they didn’t feel included or consulted in the survey.”

The so-called consultation consists of selecting one parent from each public school in the province to complete a questionnaire. But everyone else feels left in the dark, McDougald said. “The whole idea [that] somebody was trying to hide or not be fully forthright about all this was a concern [to parents],” she said.

The trustees too are in the dark, she added: they have received no drafts of the curriculum, maybe to minimize the reaction. “We can’t criticize what we can’t see,” she told the newspaper.  (more...)

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