Did the Ontario Government conduct enough consultation on the new sex ed curriculum arriving this fall? Have they done enough research and given parents enough opportunity to voice their opinion on the matter?
The Ontario Liberals say they did enough consultations, while angry parents feel that their protests have been largely ignored.
The first day of school has already seen some controversy regarding this new plank in the public education system in the province. Toronto’s Thorncliffe Park, which is Canada’s largest elementary school, was actually half-empty yesterday. Parents followed through on their promise to keep their children out of the classroom until the sex ed curriculum is canceled.
Many of the absent children gathered at a park next to the school, sat in their respective grades, and conducted pseudo-classes taught by community volunteers. They also kicked off their “classes” by singing “O Canada”.
Should this curriculum be delayed until more public consultations are held? Even if the government does take this approach, but after hearing protests from concerned parties they still decide to go through with the classes, won’t we be right back where we started? What’s the solution?