With the beginning of the school year comes the province’s newly updated health curriculum. Tony Pontes, director of the Peel School Board says parents can remove their kids from sex-ed classes for religious reasons, but any requests for students to opt-out of learning about gay families or diverse gender identities will not be tolerated. He told teachers and superintendents about the Peel board’s tough stand, saying if parents have a problem with such strong support for equity and inclusion, the public system may not be right for them. After noting the board is opening its first gender-neutral washroom at a high school as well as introducing a new gender identity guideline for educators, some parents “may choose to switch school systems … if so, that is a price we must be willing to pay.”
Is he right when he says parents who have a problem with equality and inclusion, the public system might not be right for them?