May 05, 2015

Parents explain why they're against Kathleen Wynne's sex ed curriculum and what they're doing to protest it

Marissa SemkiwArchive

Students were pulled from school this week to protest Kathleen Wynne's sex ed curriculum.

The TDSB recorded nearly 35,000 absences with the school hit hardest being Thorncliffe Park in Wynne's own riding.

Marissa Semkiw joins two parents who are opposed to the curriculum who pulled their kids from school.

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commented 2015-05-07 02:06:37 -0400
Parents want grandchildren, not children who are trying to find out which one of the six genders they are.
commented 2015-05-06 16:33:35 -0400
She hasn’t read the curriculum because they advise abstinence as the best way to avoid pregnancy and stds. So once again, you haven’t read the updated curriculum.
commented 2015-05-06 14:59:07 -0400
Dead on LISA. And, if they would have “consulted” with parents, the meetings would have been restricted to a select group of stakeholders (useful idiots) who would have been quick – marched through an edited version of Benny – the – Diddler’s program, thanked for their valuable “input”, and assured that their names would be printed in recignition of their valuable contributions to a program which, for all practical purposes, was already signed, sealed, and delivered.

That’s the sneaky Liberal way. They did it with the public consultation portions of the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Provincial Policy Statement on Land Use.
commented 2015-05-06 03:39:45 -0400
35,000 students pulled out of classes by ignored disrespected parents is a huge response. Reporter Sue Anne Levy says Wynne is ramming her ideology down people’s throat and agrees it’s way too young for children in grade 3, and she’s a lesbian. Christine Elliot is waffling and attacked Patrick Brown’s position on it. Attacked him for attending the Queen’s Park rally and speaking against the curriculum. He states the promised consultation did not happen and says, “frankly if I look at education today I want to see, in the primary grades, the focus being on reading, writing and mathematics”. Furthermore Brown says, “I would have voted against the curriculum if it came up at Queen’s Park. I have to say, and I’ve said this across the province that I TRUST FAMILIES TO TEACH VALUES and I trust the school system to teach science and mathematics. We have adequate sex education right now for the most part.” The most part he explicitly related as “may be some worthy elements to do with mental health”. That’s the extent of it.
commented 2015-05-05 22:07:13 -0400
Very impressive push back by parents. Keep it coming.
About that fatal mistake, if Wynne had collaborated with parents in the first place, her sex ed curriculum would never have got off the ground, she and her cronies knew it. That’s why it never happened.

I agree Nancy P. it is a bit of a stretch to believe the sex ed curriculum has no smell of Levin on it.
commented 2015-05-05 18:12:21 -0400
Joan….and yes, I HAVE read the curriculum…..the question is mildly offensive – I’ll let it pass. Cheers.
commented 2015-05-05 18:08:52 -0400
To me this sex ed nonsense is all about control. Wynne is the complete control freak like most Liberals who believe in dictatorship of the majority. They may now control most of the province as there is apathy everywhere. So it is good to see some brave people standing up against them. But knowing the track record of the Liberals they will fight back over this. They will use the usual tactics to start with then go for legislation to quiet the discontent.
commented 2015-05-05 17:52:26 -0400
Joan – we can certainly agree to disagree, shake hands and move on. I respect and appreciate your thoughtful responses to stories and videos posted on here – please keep them coming. Disagreeing and continuing to respect each other….that is what makes Canada the greatest country in the world.
commented 2015-05-05 17:38:03 -0400
Ben Levin was the deputy education minister when the curriculum was set. He is a pedophile, convicted. To think he had nothing to do with it is naive in the extreme. Teaching children in grade 3 that there is several sexual identities, a completely unproven pile of unmitigated nonsense is not only insane, it is evil. Parts of this curriculum are nothing more than a lesbian furthering the homosexual agenda of sexualizing small children. It is perverted and sick. I find it delightfully rich that progressives love to extol the wonders of multiculturalism and are fully on board with muslims wear their hijabs while taking the citizen oath but when it comes to them balking at sexualizing their children, suddenly they are excoriated for not absorbing “Canadian” values.
commented 2015-05-05 17:24:18 -0400
Jake Carson – Right you are! You have identified the fatal mistake Wynne made. What would it have hurt her to consult parents before writing the new curriculum? What would it have hurt her to explain the purpose, the need, the exact content being considered?
commented 2015-05-05 17:20:42 -0400
Even if this is the greatest curriculum ever, people ‘’ feel’’ it’s wrong for they’re kids, so right or wrong, they’re feelings need to be addressed. This is Dr Phill 101 you’d think the liberals with all they’re psych degrees would get this. I’m supposed to spend my life being concerned about the feelings of all the minorities, so how about the feelings of hard working, tax paying parents !
commented 2015-05-05 17:19:01 -0400
For home schoolers who need an instructional video to help teach the anatomy of human genitalia in grade seven/eight as required by the curriculum, this video, compliments of a youtube search of “vulva” is not bad:
commented 2015-05-05 17:15:15 -0400
Vlad – she did not. That rumor is a fabrication. A falsehood. Levin was not involved in writing this curriculum at all. He read it, looked at it, for Gawd knows what unholy purpose. But he did not write it. A committee wrote it. He wad not on the committee or even in the same department as the committee that wrote it.
commented 2015-05-05 17:04:24 -0400
@joan Abernethy – all good. Just one issue. Why would Wynne have chosen a convicted pedophile – Ben Levin – to be the architect of the sex-ed blather?
commented 2015-05-05 17:00:48 -0400
Milan, I respectfully disagree with you too but thank you for your kind words.

Have you read the curriculum? Are you aware it teaches children in grade seven that they should abstain from anal sex because it puts them at high risk to contract STDs and serious life-threatening disease? I think that is something they need to hear so that when, on a sleepover, some moron 13-year old tells them his older brother says anal sex is fun and let’s experiment, the kids have the skills to effectively say no thanks. Are you aware the curriculum teaches them that? How to say no effectively? It does. Many, many kids need to learn that skill, so strong peer pressure can be.

There are lots of grooming threats to children in today’s world. The new changes to the sex-ed curriculum is not one of them.
commented 2015-05-05 16:52:43 -0400
Nice to see these parents again.

Liu said she mentioned three objections to the curriculum. But she only mentioned two. I wonder what the third was.

Liu says Wynne had no answers but if that is so, she should have had an answer because teachers have the discretion when teaching the curriculum to introduce the idea that abstinece for life with one uninfected parter (provided that partner is never raped, God forbid) is a reliable way to defend against STDs.

I’m not sure why any parent would let a 6 year-old type “vulva” into the youtube search engine and expect to get anything but a video. Studies show kids know the word “penis” pretty early. Try typing “penis” into the youtube search box. How is not teaching children who already know the word “penis” goong to protect them from seeing porn videos online?

Studies also show young children access pornography at younger and younger ages, mostly because parents cannot monitor 24/7 the technology they give their kids. Porn is restricted by filters to young children but yes, they can see medical text-book type photos of vulvas, vaginas, clitorises, breasts, penises, testes and anuses, just like they can see photos of the human liver, gallbladder, intestines, and brain as well as plenty of grisly beheadings and mass murders. Why are those things okay but a photo of a vulva somehow exclusively damaging? No one is saying learning the right name for head will expose children to seeing videos of beheadings or that learning the correct word for fire will protect them from seeing videos of humans burned alive or that leqrning the correct word for “acid” will expose them to seeing cideos of acid attacks. And so on. Surely it is the parents duty, not the government’s, to make sure their 6 year olds aren’t typing vulva, penis, beheading, or fire into the youtube search engine without their supervision.

Maybe the best approach is to educate kids how best to respond to the new reality instead of trying to fit them into a reality that simply doesn’t exist anymore. The world is a dangerous place. This generation with grow up and compete in the world with the children being brought up by ISIS. They need the skills to develop strong character and I’m not sure the Disney approach is best suited to the reality they must live in.

Liu says that in a democracy, all voices must be heard with letters to MPPs etc. Sure. And protests can also be effective. But sadly for everyone, in a democracy, our rights are protected by the rule of law and that rule of law says that a government with a majority can implement changes to sex-ed curricula. Not that the voices of a minority can, without an election, overthrow a government elected by a majority.

Wynne has said the sex-ed changes will be implemented in the fall and taught to all children. She has said parents will not be allowed to exempt their children from learning the new information about gender and gender identity equity because that is enshrined in the Human Rights Act and protected by the Constitution Act of Canada. And she is right about that.

Parents can home and private school their kids but they must still teach the curriculum, however they teach it, just like the public schools must.

One thing Ms. Liu is wrong about. Most of the public is excrutiatingly well aware of the controversy over the content of the changes to the sex-ed curriculum. In fact anyone who has read the curriculum knows it is more benign than what kids will learn from their peers if they are not taught the sex-ed curriculum in schools.
commented 2015-05-05 16:44:31 -0400
Hi Joan – I respectfully disagree with your assertion that “nobody listens to me”. I have read many of your posts – I do not condone the name-calling you had to endure and the comments that were off-base, but this is a disgusting, ideological document that is not based on science or medicine, but an extremist position that “everything is ok”. This is a grooming document and is setting the stage for the next incarnation of this curriculum: Pedophilia is a sexual orientation….mark my words.

Anyway – have a good evening – Joan. Your gender has nothing to do with the criticism that you received.
commented 2015-05-05 16:24:52 -0400
Milan – you are right, of course, that it is law in Ontario that the curriculum must be taught. But teachers and boards have discretion on how it is taught. That is why I say parents should meet with teachers to discuss exactly how it will be taught.

No one listens to me. They called me a liar and a pedophile for stating what you just did. But because you have a male name, they may listen to you.
commented 2015-05-05 16:20:44 -0400
Christina Liu and Charles Jiang (apologies if I misspelled your last names) – THANK YOU for your work on this very important matter. You have 10’s of thousands of parents standing shoulder-to-shoulder with you. I am proud of this diverse group of literally every ethnic, religious, national and economic group is represented!
commented 2015-05-05 16:09:39 -0400
I really respect and like these parents – thank you for standing up and speaking for MANY of us. Just a heads up to other parents on here…..I called my older son’s old prep school and asked about this curriculum…..they said they still have to present this curriculum by law, but they will send a letter 1 week before (I think it is a week, I forgot….a few days at least) anything is presented about sex and sexuality. So the private school option is not exactly a solution – the only solution is to get rid of the egregious parts of it.
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