Big Brother Is watching over your kids - Or is it Big Sister?
Here's an update for those who have been following the Ontario government's attempts to introduce a comprehensive and very explicit sex education curriculum (background here and here). According to the Institute for Canadian Values, the curriculum is being reworked as we speak and will be released some time after the October 6 election. In the meantime, however, some school boards, such as the Toronto and Hamilton public boards, have gone ahead and integrated mandatory sexual diversity instruction. Here are a few quotes from the Toronto board's JK-Grade 3 curriculum, according to the Institute's full-page ad in the National Post a few days ago.
- "Read some traditional folk tales and fairy tales with the class. Have students write/illustrate their own 'gender-bending' versions." (p. 44)
- "Read Gloria Goes to Gay Pride. If this storybook is not available, cut out a photo from a newspaper or magazine of the Pride Parade." (p. 56)
- "Encourage girls and boys to role-play opposite roles ... At times boys may play girls and rely on sexist stereotypical behaviour with which they are familiar." (p. 37)
Call me a "right-wing reactionary homophobe" (the term applied to opponents of this sort of sex ed by homosexual Liberal minister Glen Murray), but I still cling to the notion of letting kids be kids - sparing them this kind of brainwashing at their tender age. I really don't think it's a good idea to confuse kindergarten students about their gender identity or encourage them to start thinking that they might be gay.
Lesbian Liberal minister Kathleen Wynne recently confirmed the government's commitment to sexual diversity instruction. The Institute's web-site has a petition you can sign if you disagree.