In her National Post article, “Can we please put this garbage debate about sex-ed to bed?” Robyn Urback addresses the objections of “the parents who have wasted everyone’s time by pulling their children out of school in protest of the [Ontario government’s new sexual education] curriculum”:
Objection 1: The curriculum introduces students to inappropriate concepts such as anal sex, oral sex, etc.
Wrong. Categorically wrong. False. . . .
Objection 2: The curriculum encourages students to engage in masturbation, premarital sex.
There is a difference between teaching students about something, and instructing them to engage in it. . . .
Objection 3: The curriculum normalizes sexual activity
We live in a liberal Western democracy. Sex is already normal. . . .
Objection 4: Schools should stick with the basics, like reading and math
The public school system is supposed to equip students with the tools needed to live as productive, successful adults. . . .
Objection 5: All this talk about trangenderism and gender fluidity will be confusing for children
This notion only holds water if you believe that being trans is a product of social influence and upbringing, not something present since birth. . .
Objection 6: Discussion of sex should be left to the parents
Every parent thinks that he or she knows what’s going on with his or her kids. Those other parents might be out of the loop, but me and my child are the exception. . . .
Objection 7: Parents are being silenced
There’s nothing stopping parents from sitting down with their kids after class and saying, “So, I hear you had a lesson on sex today. Let’s talk about why it’s important to our family/faith/community that you wait until marriage.” . . .
Objection 8: The province is ignoring parents’ concerns
OK, maybe this is true, but there’s a good reason for that: See #1-7. . . .
The Ontario government has released a video promoting/explaining the 2015 sex education curriculum to students and
stupid ignorant parents.
Accurate information on Ontario’s updated Health and Physical Education Curriculum, which includes sexual education, is available on the Government of Ontario’s website.