McGuinty wants to learn more about sex ed
What is it with Ontarians and their schools. Anytime a political party tries to make a change, the voters get loud and angry like they do for no other issue.
Premier Dalton McGuinty proposed to modify the sex ed curriculum for publically funded schools and the uproar was almost militant; parents threatening to pull their kids from school and teachers rebelling about being forced to teach something they didn’t want to teach. McGuinty tried to stand-up to the backlash saying that schools had no choice but in the end, it was not to be. Yesterday, McGuinty said the topic needs more study and input from parents so the policy will be withdrawn. In politic speak, that means it won’t be talked about again.
The funny thing is that I kind of understand where the Liberal government was coming from on this one. Today, kids are confronted with sexual visuals and messages from many media sources. In today’s society, kids’ access to this material is not always monitorable. Do parents know to what extent this is happening and do they know that they need to talk to their six year olds? The issue is not to educate young children about sex as much as it is to explain to them in an understandable context what they see and hear.
But in the end, this task should befall the parents to understand and deal with. Maybe the policy should be sex education for parents. Parents need to know to what extent their children are being exposed to sexual messages. They need to be shown how best to approach the subject so their kids aren’t being mislead.
I have to hand it to the loud and rowdy parents, teachers and community leaders who stood up and made the McGuinty government reverse their position on this policy. It proves that if voters really, really don’t like something, they can make noise and this noise leads to policy change.
If I can only find a way to convince voters that the HST will have a negative and lasting impact on the educational system, maybe we can still get McGuinty to change its mind on that legislation too.