September is almost upon us, and Kathleen Wynne and Benjamin Levin’s new sex-ed curriculum is almost upon the children of Ontario. Here is a quick peek at what the middle-schoolers will be learning.
Teacher Prompt: Things like wet dreams or vaginal lubrication are normal and happen as a result of physical changes with puberty.
True enough, but do you really think it’s acceptable for your 11-year-old’s teacher to teach him or her about wet dreams and vaginal lubrication in front of a mixed class? Imagine how uncomfortable you would have been with this at 11 years old.
There is a real power imbalance here. Children are taught to respect their teachers, that they can’t just walk out of the room during class. But we also tell them not to show or discuss the private parts of their bodies with adults — to say no, and tell us if an adult shows them or talks to them about something that makes them feel uncomfortable. And then we subject them to this?
Teacher Prompt: Exploring one’s body by touching or masturbating is something that many people do and find pleasurable. It is common and is not harmful and is one way of learning about your body.
If my child told me that an adult engaged him or her in a conversation like this, I would consider it to be an assault, and would contact the police. Why on earth would I allow this to take place just because the adult in question is a teacher, acting at the behest of Kathleen Wynne and convicted pedophile Benjamin Levin ?
Teacher Prompt: Thinking about your sexual health is complicated. It’s important to have a good understanding of yourself before getting involved with someone else. It’s not just about making the decision to have sex or waiting until you are older. It’s also about things such as your physical readiness; safer sex and avoiding consequences such as pregnancy or STIs; your sexual orientation and gender identity; your understanding of your own body, including what gives you pleasure; and the emotional implications of sexual intimacy. It can include religious beliefs. It includes moral and ethical considerations as well, and also involves the need to respect the rights of other people. Can you explain what is meant by a moral consideration?
Can you, Kathleen Wynne? Can you “explain what is meant by a moral consideration?” Do you know what it means to “respect the rights of other people?” Consider the morality of superseding the parents’ right to guide their own children on these matters. Against tremendous opposition by Ontario parents, you are forcing children into a sexual health curriculum that was developed and overseen by a convicted pedophile!
Teacher Prompt: How would thinking about your personal limits and making a personal plan influence decisions you may choose to make about sexual activity?
Possible Student Answer: Thinking in advance about what I value and what my personal limits are would help me to respond and make decisions that I felt comfortable with in different situations. I would be able to approach a situation with more confidence and stick to what I had planned. I would be less likely to be caught off guard and have to react without having thought through the options and possible consequences.
People who think they will be having sex sometimes soon should keep a condom with them so they will have it when they need it.
Remember, this is not a high school curriculum. We are talking about 13-year-olds here. Do you know your child’s teacher? Do you trust them with guiding your children through their sexual choices, so that they might approach sexual situations “with confidence?”
It is the responsibility of the parents to have these discussions with their children. If we abdicate our responsibility to raise and guide our own children, people like Benjamin Levin will be only too happy to step into that gap. And legislators like Kathleen Wynne will mandate that they do.
If you are a citizen of Ontario, please join in a province-wide protest at your local MPPs office on September 2nd.