In September 2015, a new physical and health education curriculum is to be implemented in Ontario by the provincial Liberal government. Opponents of the curriculum state that it is age-inappropriate, and sexually explicit.
Said opponents are being painted as a narrow-minded group of bigoted Christian fundamentalists. But the controversy ha
s grown, especially in light of the fact that the Deputy Minister of Education at the time of its development, Benjamin Levin, has just pled guilty to child pornography charges.
The Ministry of Education is attempting to distance its curriculum from Mr. Levin. Education Minister Liz Sandals claims that he had “very little” to do with it. Premier Kathleen Wynne dismisses parental concern, stating that “it just demonstrates a lack of understanding of how curriculum actually is written.”
At its introduction in 2010 (three years before Levin was charged, and long before parents suspected his criminal activity), this curriculum suffered such backlash from a wide range of Ontario parents, that it was quickly withdrawn by then-Premier Dalton McGuinty, who promised to subject it to parental input before attempting a revision. The Liberals claim that it has been through that process, but Conservative MPP Monte McNaughton says this is obfuscation. It hasn’t changed from its original implementation in 2010.
In my opinion, there are three major issues regarding this curriculum:
- What is it? Does it contain age-inappropriate and sexually explicit material?
- Who wrote it? Was it developed under the leadership and guidance of a pedophile?
- How is it being implemented? Is it being implemented with the consent of the parents of Ontario, as befitting a democratic society, or is it being forced upon us against the will and/or without informed consent of the Ontarian public?
With so much back-and-forth going on in the media (and by the way, if you check out the Toronto Sun articles vs. the Toronto Star articles you will have no problem identifying the political biases of each publication!) it is difficult to wade through the accusations and denials to get to the truth. I intend to explore this curriculum with the intention of unearthing answers to the three questions above.
If you have an interest or a stake in what the children of Ontario are being taught, please stay tuned over the next several days.