Role of Parents

We have stated before that we believe that God has given authority to parents ...

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Role of Parents

We have stated before that we believe that God has given authority to parents, not the state, to be the primary educators of children (the State's role is merely an "assistant" to parents). The teaching of sexuality and sexual ethics are particularly the domain of parents. What we are seeing with the present Ontario government on this particular issue is a blatant disregard for this Biblical truth, a terrible intrusion into the safe domain of the family home and a sneering "moral superiority" complex by a provincial government that really seems to believe they know better than almost 5 million parents in this province.

The Ontario Government first introduced a revised curriculum in 2010, when now Premier Kathleen Wynne was the Minster of Education. The revised curriculum was quickly shelved due to immense opposition from parents. The Government then promised to consult with parents when making revisions to the curriculum. In February of 2015, the Ontario government again released a revised Health and Physical Education Curriculum including sex-ed. Did they consult with parents as promised? The Ontario Government sent a survey to 4,000 handpicked parents—a mere 0.175% of Ontario’s parents. Survey results made available to Postmedia Network through a freedom of information request revealed that only 1,638 of responses were tallied. The end result is a curriculum that mirrors the curriculum rejected by parents in 2010. The consultation process clearly was ineffective and was more of a formality than it was genuine.

The government has insisted that parents will be able to remove their children from class when the material is being taught. Not only does this not take into consideration the influence of the peers who have been taught the material, it simply isn't true. Parents who want their chldren removed will face resistence from Ontario's school boards.

How dare they? How dare they mock, disrupt and meddle in family affairs! While we do not advocate for revolution and general civil disobedience, we do encourage all parents to stand up and respectfully remind the civil government that they have not been given authority to intrude in this way. God gave this government absolutely no authority to teach our children about sex, much less about approving of and celebrating sexual conduct that He taught us is sin. If they want to do any of this, they need our permission first.

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Ideology

It is natural for parents to want to instil their values into their children. The curriculum mentions the need to respect various cultural and religious beliefs, yet contains teachings that conflict with those cultural and religious beliefs...

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Ideology

It is natural for parents to want to instil their values into their children. The curriculum mentions the need to respect various cultural and religious beliefs, yet contains teachings that conflict with those cultural and religious beliefs.[1] The curriculum is supposed to promote healthy relationships, yet fails to teach the importance of love and marriage when teaching children about sex. With consent as the only moral restriction taught, condoms become the necessary component to prevent the spread of STIs and unwanted pregnancy. Although children are taught that it’s good to wait to have sex, it’s unclear what they are waiting for. Abstinence, according to the curriculum, "means different things to different people." [6]

This ideology is not neutral, but an attempt to liberate children from the moral teaching of their parents. Teaching sexual freedom to children without parental approval is essentially teaching children to operate explicitly against their parents. By taking the reins away from parents in this way, the government is engaged in an assault on freedom. The government’s ideological push makes very clear why the critics of the sex-ed curriculum are right.

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Content

The Campaign Life Coalition has an in-depth breakdown of the concerns with curriculum...

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The Campaign Life Coalition has an in-depth breakdown of the concerns with curriculum. What follows is a brief summary:

  • Grade 1:Children will be taught the proper names for all their body parts including genitalia (e.g. penis, testicles, vagina, vulva) [2]
  • Grade 3:Under the title, "Accepting Differences" the children will be taught about gender identity and sexual orientation. [3]
  • Grade 4:Children are taught about puberty and the resulting intense feelings. [4]
  • Grade 6:In a teacher prompt, masturbation taught as a healthy way to learn about your body [5]Children, whose brains are still developing and who don’t fully understand the consequences of their choices, are advised to consider their comfort level and personal limits when contemplating sexual relationships.
  • Grade 7:Oral, vaginal, and anal sex are presented with no distinction, or increased risk between them. Children are taught that condoms will protect them from HTIs including HPV and Herpes which can be spread through skin contact that is not covered by a condom.  [6]
  • Grade 8:Children are encouraged to keep a condom with them and to make a plan about their sexuality.[7]

There are a number of concerns with the above list.

  • First, teaching body parts in grade one, puberty in grade four and making a sex plan in grade eight is all age inappropriate. Teachers will teach material to children long before most parents would ever consider. We need to urge the provincial government to implement the recommendations made in this excellent report from the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada (for a summary of the report, click here).

    In particular, this report notes that the main reason for backlash in 2010 was due to concerns over the age appropriateness of the sex-ed materials.

    The report notes, "Age appropriateness" is elusive but important. The American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry advises that "[P]arents should respond to the needs and curiosity level of their individual child, offering no more or less information than their child is asking for and is able to understand." Unfortunately, provincial curriculum has limited flexibility to suit the sensitivity of each child. Readiness differs from child to child, sometimes even within the same family."

    In other words, the provincial curriculum is one-size-fits-all, and works with the philosophy of teaching issues before they become issues (i.e. before a child would typically be engaged in these types of behaviours). With this type of an educational philosophy for sex-ed in particular, combined with the one-size-fits-all approach, we can logically conclude that in order to achieve the goal of reaching all kids in a school before any might be faced with questions about these sexual behaviours, activities or issues, the age at which it will be presented will drop to the lowest common denominator. Thus, many other students will needlessly be exposed to these behaviours, activities and issues well before these children would otherwise be, and well before their own parents would think is the right time.

  • The second concern is the curriculum's teaching on gender. The curriculum teaches that there are six genders [8] and the acceptance of questioning ones gender identity. The curriculum teaches that a child's gender identity doesn't necessarily correspond with the sex assigned to the child at birth. This will be taught to children despite findings that 70 - 80% of children who report having such feelings, lose those feelings when left alone. Not only is this social experiment being imposed on Ontario's students, but this government just passed Bill 77, which defunds "any services rendered that seek to change or direct the sexual orientation or gender identity of a patient, including efforts to change or direct the patient’s behaviour or gender expression," The same government that is ignoring parents pays no heed to what the health professionals have to say. The consequences of this will be severe.

  • Finally, parents need to be concerned about the information missing from the curriculum. (For more, see here and here) Teaching about sexual orientation and anal sex while excluding the increased health risks associated with them is misleading and irresponsible. Gay or bisexual men make up less than 5% of Ontario's population, yet according to the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care, accounted for 57% of HIV infection in 2008. In the name of acceptance, children will be taught to embrace sexual activity that not only conflicts with the values many Canadians hold dear, but that has proven to increase the participant's risk of contracting STIs.

IMFC (Insitute of Marriage and Family Canada) also published a solid article on Ontario's Sex Ed Curriculum called The glaring omission from sex education.

Not even Kathleen Wynne herself seems able to provide satisfactory answers when questioned about the curriculum.

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Action

This curriculum is part of a "web of oppression" that is an assault on our freedom. Parents must stand up for their chldren, their schools, and their freedom.

There are a number of action items you can participate in:

Dr. Scott Masson spoke about the sex-ed curriculum at an ARPA banquet fundraiser on May 23rd, 2015.
  • Use the talking points in the easymail letters to write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper.
  • For parents in the public school system, you still have the right to move your children to a different school. Should your local school still give you great cause for concern, and if it doesn't take effective measures to address your concerns, you may want to consider removing your children from the publicly-funded education system altogether. Enrolling your child in an independent school (faith based or otherwise) or homeschooling may be one of the best ways to provide your children with a proper approach to teaching about sexual ethics.

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Sources:

  • [1] 2015 Health and Physical Education Curriculum - Page 158 open pdf
  • [2] 2015 Health and Physical Education Curriculum - Page 93 C1.3 open pdf
  • [3] 2015 Health and Physical Education Curriculum - Page 121 C3.3 open pdf
  • [4] 2015 Health and Physical Education Curriculum - Page 141 C1.5 open pdf
  • [5] 2015 Health and Physical Education Curriculum - Page 175 open pdf
  • [6] 2015 Health and Physical Education Curriculum - Page 196 open pdf
  • [7] 2015 Health and Physical Education Curriculum - Page 215 C1.4 open pdf
  • [8] 2015 Health and Physical Education Curriculum - Page 216 open pdf