Quick Links To MYC National Communications on Sex Education:
September 6th, 2016 – An Invitation to Fight Radical S-x Ed in Ontario
February 4th, 2016 – Transgenderism Continues to Fight for Canada
May 18th, 2015 – Update on Ontario’s S-x Ed Curriculum
April 11th, 2015 – Call To Prayer, Fasting & Gathering Regarding Ontario’s S-x Education
February 27th, 2015 – Ontario’s Controversial S-x Curriculum
February 4th, 2015 – Ontario’s S-x Education Curriculum
In recent years, the issue of Sex Education has been widely discussed in the media, in government, and in homes across the nation. Much of this conversation has centred around the province of Ontario as it moved to update the Health and Physical Education Curriculum being taught in its schools, as well as the province of Alberta where the transgender issue has most aggressively reared its head.
2010 Ontario Curriculum Revision Proposal:
A new Ontario Health and Physical Education (HPE) curriculum was proposed in 2010; the first revision in the province since 1998.
Parents from across the province immediately became outspoken in opposition to the proposed revisions when it was revealed that teachers would be instructing children about:
– homosexuality and same-sex marriage in grade 3,
– encouraging discussions about puberty, including masturbation, in grade 6,
– and talking about preventing sexually transmitted diseases – potentially including information about oral and anal sex – in grade 7, among other subjects..
Religious leaders quickly condemned the Liberals for going too far with the desired changes, including Christian evangelist Charles McVety. McVety argued, “It is unconscionable to teach eight-year-old children same-sex marriage, sexual orientation and gender identity. It is even more absurd to subject sixth graders to instruction on the pleasures of masturbation and vaginal lubrication, and 12-year-olds to lessons on oral sex and anal intercourse.” The immediate and intense pressure and debate put forth by Ontario parents and religious leaders forced Premier Dalton McGuinty to quickly withdraw the proposal in a matter of days.
2015 Ontario Curriculum Updates:
McGuinty’s concern for parents’ input was not to be echoed by his predecessor, Kathleen Wynne. Almost immediately after her election, Premier Wynne announced a new HPE curriculum that was virtually identical to the one proposed in 2010. She would boast that her “age-appropriate” curriculum was based in part on parent consultations, but she only surveyed one parent from each of Ontario’s 4000 schools and only half of all surveyed would respond.
Upon proposal of the new curriculum being implemented in September 2015, parents demonstrated their opposition and took part in protests across the province, showing up at Wynne’s office and going so far as to take their children out of school for various periods of time. Despite their best efforts, however, the revamped curriculum was put into effect in schools beginning September of the 2015-2016 school year.
Many critics of the curriculum have argued against the revised curriculum due to involvement of Benjamin Levin, former deputy education minister and a distinguished U of T professor. Levin was part of Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne’s transition team and worked with her on the education file for years, but was charged and convicted of multiple child-porn related offences including possession of child-porn and counselling to commit sexual assault. Upon charges being laid, the Premier and the Ontario provincial government attempted to downplay Levin’s involvement in the making of the new curriculum. However, memos he composed himself put him in a position of responsibility and oversight for the entire project.
Parents who oppose the new curriculum have begun to consider options outside of the public school system, such as private or home-schooling as is evidenced by decreased enrolment in the 2015-2016 school year. It remains to be seen how this issue will be addressed in other provinces across Canada in the months and years to come.
Scarborough By-Election (Sept. 2016):
The S-x Ed curriculum debate was at the forefront of a recent Scarborough, Ontario by-election that took place on September 1st, 2016. Many constituents in the riding oppose Kathleen Wynne’s radical curriculum. At the same time, all candidates for the three main parties (Liberal, NDP and PC) support it. As a result, pro-life and pro-family independent candidate Queenie Yu began to pick up the votes of those who oppose the curriculum. Although Queenie Yu did not ultimately win the election, she more than doubled the highest number of votes for an independent candidate in many years prior.
According to Ms. Yu, “We achieved our objective of sending a message to all mainstream political parties that many people want Wynne’s sex-ed curriculum to be scrapped. No single issue has received as much attention as sex-ed. People weren’t talking about electricity costs, transit, taxes or health care. They were talking about sex-ed because we ran an incredibly successful campaign.”
Transgenderism in Alberta Schools
On January 13th, 2016, Alberta’s Education Minister David Eggen released a document outlining transgender policies that all of the province’s schools would have to adopt by March 31st, 2016; its stated purpose being “to protect the safety of transgendered students”. In doing so, however, many feel the inherent dangers to other students and parents are being overlooked.
The entire document embraces the idea that self-identification is the sole measure of an individual’s gender and sexual orientation. Its implications include young female students being forced to share a washroom or change room with a boy who “identifies” as female. Critics see this as a very real safety vulnerability that could be exploited by sexual predators posing as transgender. Furthermore, under the new policies, students can choose their own pronoun, play for boys or girls teams, use the bathroom or change room of their choice, and establish gay-straight alliances. The guidelines also demand that school administrators must obtain explicit permission from students before disclosing information related to sexual orientation or identity to his or her parents.
Catholic schools are not exempt from the changes announced without their consultation, and bishops have responded by taking an unprecedented stand of protest against the government. Catholic schools, however, have in turn created their own watershed moment in defying their religious leaders and moving forward with the proposed changes.
“Mother” and “Father” at Risk
The Alberta Education guidelines document also states that the words “mother” and “father” should be removed from all school forms, websites, and letters, to make communications more “inclusive”. This type of ideological change also recently happened in Ontario when lawmakers approved a motion to remove the same words, mother and father, from all government forms in order to “reflect the diverse nature” of Ontario families. The terms “parent” or “guardian” will now be used on government forms.
Links to Related Articles:
November 22nd, 2016 – Edmonton Journal – Alberta school trustees want curriculum to include the dangers of pornography
November 6th, 2016 – LifeSiteNews – Teachers’ union urges schools to host drag shows, use ‘comrade’ instead of ‘boy’ and ‘girl’
May 6th, 2016 – LifeSiteNews – Bathrooms are just the beginning: a scary look into the trans movement’s end goals
February 9th, 2016 – LifeSiteNews – EXCLUSIVE: Ontario Liberals paid $4 million for TV ads pushing graphic sex-ed curriculum
January 18th, 2016 – Calgary Herald – An Alberta mother’s call to action: When parents lose rights, children are endangered
Campaign Life Coalition – Ontario’s Radical Sex Ed Curriculum
December 15th, 2015 – PEACE Ontario – Sex Ed. & Public Schools: Guiding Through the Sex Ed Confusion
What You Can Do:
1 – PRAY: Please join us in praying regularly and consistently for the younger generation of Canadians; that our children’s innocence would be preserved and that they would grow up to have a heart for justice and righteousness.
2 – E-MAIL:
ONTARIO: If you live in Ontario, please continue to contact your MPP to voice your opposition to the age-inappropriate lessons they are teaching our children. If outside of Ontario, please also contact your MPP/MLA to let them know that you stand for traditional values and want to see them upheld in your area, particularly when it comes to our children.
ALBERTA: Please e-mail Alberta Minister of Education David Eggen to respectfully explain the dangers of the new education guidelines and to let him know that you are not in support. Click here for a template letter to David Eggen on this issue..
3 – SIGN-UP: Please consider signing up to receive newsletters from PAFE (Parents as First Educators) so that you can stay up-to-date on protests, rallies, and surveys/polls in your neighbourhood. Additionally, for those involved in church leadership, please help to share information and the importance of parent/church involvement in this matter.
4 – Petition: MP Arnold Viersen has recently introduced a motion aimed at helping to protect Canadian children from the destructive effects of viewing violent sexual content online. Please join MP Viersen by signing and sharing this petition for M-47. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other Organizations Working on This Issue: