Thursday, April 23, 2015

Parent group to put kids on strike to protest Ontario sex-ed

Some parents are planning to pull their kids out of school for a week in May to protest against the province’s new sex-education curriculum.

A Facebook group called “Parents & Students on strike: one week no school,” has been sharing flyers online inviting people in Ontario to help stop implementation of the curriculum. Students from elementary to high school are invited to strike against the program as well May 4 to 11.

The new curriculum tackles such issues as masturbation, same-sex relationships, online safety and the perils of sexting, as well as affirmative consent.

Omar Kasmieh, 35, one of the organizers of the strike, said some parents feel some of the subject matter does not reflect their culture or will be taught too early.

“There are a lot of parents coming from different backgrounds that don’t feel this is consistent with their beliefs,” he said. “There’s material that’s considered age inappropriate. ... Canada is a multicultural society and they need to honour that.

“The hope is to for the ministry to realize that there are a significant number of parents who are not happy [with the curriculum].”  (more...)

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