The blogger Blazing Cat Fur, who breaks more education scandal stories than anyone I know, has tipped me off to the latest from Ontario’s new premier Mom.
She wants to have the talk.
“We are going to evolve the physical health and sex education curriculum,” she said when questioned by Xtra.
Wynne didn’t give a timeline on when the new curriculum would come back but she did promise to consult all the same people that supported this curriculum the last time.
So why was this so controversial last time round?
Could have something to do with teaching the concept of gender identity. The curriculum starts teaching children in Grade 3 not only about sexual orientation but also gender identity, the concept being that you choose your gender (male, female, two-spirited, transgendered, transsexual, intersex).
Really? You want to teach that in Grade 3?
Even if you believe this theory, which I don’t, Grade 3 is a bit young to be teaching that or sexual orientation.
In fact, most of the complaints that I heard from parents involved age appropriateness of the material. Many thought that it was too explicit or that some subjects should be left for parents to deal with but the majority that I talked to though the curriculum pushed topics too early.
Plenty in the Liberal ranks attacked those opposed as being from the religious right. To them I would advise reading page 57 of the 2010 curriculum. It said religious families were welcome.
In an environment based on the principles of inclusive education, all students, parents,
and other members of the school community – regardless of ancestry, culture, ethnicity,
sex, physical or intellectual ability, race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation,
socio-economic status, or other similar factors – are welcomed, included, treated fairly,
I hope that attitude survives any questions or opposition about curriculum changes under Ms. Wynne.