4.26.2010

petition in support of new ontario sex education curriculum

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We, the undersigned, call on Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty and the Ontario government to go forth with intended changes to Ontario's sexual education curriculum beginning September 2010.

2 comments:

Skinny Dipper said...

I do think that the new Ontario sex education is appropriate for students at each grade level. For students in grade-three, gender identity does not mean whacking off the wiener. Oops, I mean chopping off the wee-wee. Whacking off the wiener comes in grade-six. Gender identity could mean how to deal with boys and girls wearing clothing targeted at the opposite sex. It also means discussing activities such as sports and the arts in which boys and girls may participate. Can boys do ballet dancing? Can girls play hockey?

Sexual orientation? I think in the next five or ten years, the issue of sexual orientation will begin much earlier than grade-three in public schools as teachers and boards are more comfortable discussing this issue with younger students. For students in kindergarten or grade-one, this could just mean mentioning or reading a story about different families including those with two moms or dads.

In the intermediate grades (7-8), I do want students to discuss controversial things. It doesn't mean forcing them to have an opinion similar to mine. That's the last thing I want. I do want them to role play. I do want them to deal with different points of view. I do not want to preach abstinence. I do want to give students the facts about different sexual activities, their risks, and legalities. I, then, want those students to make responsible choices based on the facts--not misconceptions.

In reality, I do think that the new curriculum will be modified so that anything that mentions "shall include" will be changed to "may include." This way, the public and separate schools can teach similar broadly interpreted curricula. However, the specifics will be different. Students in public schools will learn to grab their pencils and draw the Bruce Peninsula; students in separate schools will learn to grab some wee-wee sticks and draw the Bruce Weenie in the snow.

impudent strumpet said...

I'm so tired of having to write to politicos to tell them not to be dumbasses, and if they do something non-dumbassy and we just get on with our lives instead of thanking them for it, the dumbasses swoop in and ruin everything.