BACK TO MY FIELD — EDUCATION — PART IV

A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME WOULD SMELL AS SWEET – ONTARIO AND SEXUALITY

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The news of changes in Ontario’s school curriculum is frightening many parents and students in the province alike. The topic of sexuality has always been a bone of contention for parents in general and for those parents who are of a Christian persuasion in particular. Whether to teach sex education to any child has been pushed back against for quite some time. What is more upsetting is the teaching of sex education to very small children as early as in Kindergarten.

The acceptance of gender differences and all that comes with it is challenging the old beliefs and practices that defined education in the past. Today, those beliefs and practices are not only changing gradually, but forcibly, and many parents as well as students are seeing their values challenged.

There is no doubt that any talk or discussion about sexuality is not only uncomfortable, but also a matter of who should do it and to whom. It has long been argued that teaching children or any one for that matter about sexuality is the prerogative of parents alone and that schools should stay away from any attempt to do so. Today, that argument no longer holds up as the Ontario College of Education prepares teachers for what they call equity and diversity training. In plain language, the college will be training teachers in what the deem understanding the gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans communities.

Whether it is called diversity training or sexuality training makes no difference. The province has a grand plan through schools to move forward with its agenda to expose all students to sexual knowledge, regardless of objections by anyone.

The battle is on and it looks like it will be a cash cow for attorneys and others who work in fields of giving advice and defense, for no one should doubt that this curriculum will be fought hard beyond the schools and boards, right into the corridors of our legal system.

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