Friday, February 27, 2015

Resist: Archdiocese of Toronto reponds to the new sex education curriculum

Ontario's Sex education curriculum 2015
This week, the Archdiocese of Toronto has sent out to parishes a question and answer guide in response to the government's release of the Health and Physical Education Curriculum (2015) for all public and Catholic schools. Sections of the curriculum include the much debated sex education. Former premier Dalton McGuinty withdraw it in 2010 after many parents criticized the graphic contents. The controversy has not gone away as many groups and parents continue to be critical of the curriculum's explicit sexual topics and its age inappropriateness. Cardinal Thomas Collins has also issued a statement saying that the curriculum can be taught in Catholic schools once it's modified.

Parents can make their own conclusions after reading this diocesan guide. We believe it fails to address how Catholic schools will be able implement the parts of the curriculum that contradict the faith and do it without compromising Catholic teaching. For example, how do you teach the "gender" theory in a Catholic context? Are children in Catholic schools going to be taught that the Church recognizes "same-sex marriage," sexual orientation and the new "family structures?" And what about the concept of "consent" when it comes to sex and children? Why have parents not been widely consulted on these important educational issues?  (more...)

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