I recently found a site on Facebook called “Parents Against Ontario Sex-Ed Curriculum”. This group, for some reason, seems to be very much against the new Sex-Ed Curriculum… So, I tried to figure out why… and I wrote about it… and I posted it to this site. It should be interesting to see the responses I get. I’ll post them here…
Hello all. Sorry, but this is going to be a bit of a long post… I hope you stay with me on this… there are some concerns here.
According to a Global News summary of the new Sex-Ed curriculum…
Grade 1: Identify body parts, including genitalia, using correct terminology. Recognize caring behaviours and exploitive behaviours.
– This is despicable. I want my children to only use the terms “woo-hoo” and “ding-dong” when referring to their genitals. As well, if they know the difference between exploitive and caring behaviours, they may start to think that there is a problem the relationship I have with my wife.
Grade 2: Outline the basic stages of human development. Identify related bodily changes. Explain the importance of standing up for themselves. Describe how to relate positively to others and behaviours that can be harmful in relating to others, including both online and face-to-face name calling.
– I almost fell into the trap of thinking this was going to teach our children about puberty at way too young of an age, but when I read the curriculum, it talks only of classifying the stages of life… such as ‘baby’ to ‘child’ to adolescent’ to ‘adult’. Like you, I think this should be talking about puberty…. my kids need to know what’s going to happen to their woo-hoo and ding-dong.
Also, let’s be clear — my kids are to be seen, not heard. I want them to _not_ stand up for themselves.
Grade 3: Identify the characteristics of healthy relationships, including those with friends, siblings and parents. Describe how visible differences, such as skin colour, and invisible differences, including gender identity and sexual orientation, make each person unique. Identify ways of showing respect for differences in others. Develop safety guidelines for Internet use.
– Healthy relationships with friends, siblings and parents?? Come on, let’s get real here. And, hey, let’s make sure we keep all those who are different from us as far away as possible… this way, we can dehumanize anybody who has a different skin colour, gender identity, sexual orientation, or whatever makes anybody unique.
Grade 4: Describe the physical changes that occur at puberty, as well as the emotional and social impacts. Demonstrate an understanding of personal hygienic practices associated with the onset of puberty. Identify risks associated with communications technology and describe how to use them safely. Describe various types of bullying and abuse and identify appropriate ways of responding.
– My kids are going to learn about puberty the same way I did — by having it happen unexpectedly in a terrifying, shameful way.
Also, what do the schools have to do with bullying? Isn’t it our responsibility as parents to ensure that our children can dominate any situation and their peers?
Grade 5: Identify the parts of the reproductive system. Describe the processes of menstruation and spermatogenesis. Describe stresses related to puberty and identify strategies to manage them. Explain how a person’s actions, either in person or online, can affect people’s feelings and reputation, including making sexual comments and sharing sexual pictures.
– What does a 12 year old need to know about puberty for? Let the kids be kids… and if any of these kids start to go through puberty at this time, then they should be shunned and bullied as the children learned in Grade 4.
Grade 6: Identify factors that affect a person’s “self-concept,” for example stereotypes, gender identity and body image. Describe how to lay a foundation for healthy relationships by understanding changes that occur during adolescence. Assess the effects of stereotypes on social inclusion and relationships.
– At the age of 13 a child, specifically girls, should be reading fashion magazines and forming their own body opinions based on that information.
Grade 7: Explain the importance of understanding with a partner about delaying sexual activity and the concept of consent. Identify common sexually transmitted infections and describe their symptoms. Identify ways of preventing STDs and unintended pregnancy. Assess the impact of different types of bullying or harassment, including sexting.
– This is the time for sexual experimentation. Let the kids be kids, for God’s sake. Delaying sexual activity? Why would we teach that? This Liberal government and it’s extreme Left Wing agenda…
Grade 8: Identify and explain factors that can affect decisions about sexual activity. Demonstrate an understanding of gender identity and sexual orientation. Demonstrate an understanding of contraception and the concept of consent. Analyze the benefits and risks of relationships involving different degrees of sexual intimacy.
– I think 15 years old is way too young to be talking about sexual activity. These kids should be shamed into hating themselves and the feelings they have.
Also, if any kid is having problems with their “sexual identity” there are plenty of ‘re-education camps’ that they can be sent to… I don’t care if those things have been proven not to work, it just means that those kids are wimps.
You know, forget it… I’m going to tell my wife’s going to home school our kids.
Obviously I’m joking about this…. however, if you’ve stayed with me on this, what is it, specifically, that people disagree with? Is it teaching kids to respect themselves and others, despite their differences?
I mean, do you want your children learning about sexuality from some VERY graphic pornography they got off the internet?