Nearly 35,000 students skipped classes yesterday as part of a parental protest against Ontario's new sex-ed curriculum.
Some also have questions about the influence disgraced Deputy Minister of Education minister Benjamin Levin might have had on its contents.
According to the Toronto Star, Toronto's Thorncliffe Park Public School experienced a 90 percent absentee rate on Monday.
The parents of many of these children converged outside Premier Kathleen Wynne's riding office, chanting "We say no!"
In York Region some 2,000 elementary students stayed home, including 70 per cent of students at Teston Village Public School and 40 per cent at Markham Gateway Public School. In Peel Region, 1,170 students stayed home, with some schools missing up to 250 students.
The Star indulged in a bit of editorializing, noting that "some parents seemed misinformed about what will be taught."
This after quoting "Thorncliffe Park parent Lubna Awah, who kept her kindergarten son home. 'Boys are boys and girls are girls — why should they learn about a third (gender) in Grade 1?' asked Awah, expressing fears the new curriculum will encourage young children to question their gender identity."
The Star added that, "In fact, discussion of gender identity is mandatory only in Grade 8" -- but as Brian Lilley pointed out back in February, gender identity and "fluidity" is part of the curriculum starting in Grade 3.
Furthermore, The Star hastened to point out that "not all parents in the Muslim community oppose the curriculum," presumably in reference to Mrs. Awah.
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