Opt-out of sex-ed? Sorry, but this is another Doug Ford lie
Disclosure: Tanya Granic Allen is the President of Parents as First Educators, and previously ran for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario.
A lot of fuss has been made about Doug Ford’s sex-ed curriculum reveal late last month. Frankly, I’m not buying what Doug Ford is selling on the sex-ed file because Doug Ford is peddling a lie.
Doug Ford campaigned to “repeal and replace” the Kathleen Wynne sex-ed. Ford appeared to agree with critics, even using gender identity theory as his foremost example as to what was wrong with the Wynne sex-ed. Ford mocked Wynne’s sex-ed curriculum during an interview in 2018, asking the interviewer: “Do you know how many genders there are?”
That was when Ford was looking for your vote. Things have changed. I have been warning Ontario parents since July 2018 that Ford was backsliding on his promise to repeal the Wynne sex-ed.
The final unveiling of Ford’s sex-ed, on August 21, 2019, confirmed the ominous clues of this past year: Ford wasn’t ever going to deliver on his promise. In the end, Doug Ford repealed exactly nothing. Doug Ford lied.
For once, the media, the Liberals, and I are on the same page: everything from Kathleen Wynne’s sex-ed is still there, including the unscientific gender theory. Nothing has changed.
Well, almost nothing. Ford boasts that there is an opt-out. That’s something new, right?
When you read the fine print, it turns out the opt-out is another Doug Ford bait-and-switch. Another lie.
Under previous governments, parents could always theoretically opt-out children from any class. The challenge facing parents, though, was getting advance notice of when the subject matter would be taught, so they would know when to pull their child out of that particular class. So, while there was a technical opt-out, there was no meaningful opt-out. If the parents had no notice they could not exercise their opt-out that day; it all boiled down to advance notice.
Surely, a reasonable solution to Ontario’s “sex-ed problem” – that is, how to reconcile the divisions that exist in Ontario with differing visions of what should be taught, and at what age, to the students attending our publicly funded schools – would be a meaningful opt-out, an opt-out that actually works.
A meaningful opt-out would be one where “sex-ed” classes would be restricted to a few well-advertised classes, where parents would receive notice and thus retain the ability to exercise their natural rights as parents to remove their children from those classes. It’s like when a teacher plans a field trip. Such trips are scheduled in advance for a specific date, notice is given, and parents can decide whether or not to send their child.
But for almost the entire Liberal era (2003-2018) there were reports of “rogue” teachers imparting their own views and lessons on “sex-ed”, teaching all sorts of inappropriate material throughout the school year and not just on the designated “sex-ed” days.
This occurred not only in health class, but in other classes too including social studies and English, and even math class. Under the Liberals, the Ontario government showed no appetite to rein in these renegade teachers and their ideologically driven, unscientific, and increasingly neo-Marxist agenda.
When running for Ontario PC leader, Doug Ford derisively described all of this as “Liberal ideology”. I agree with Ford on this, at least the February 2018 version of Doug Ford.
As Premier, Ford could have retained a minimalist sex-ed curriculum, mostly free of “liberal ideology”, and restricted its teaching to a few well-publicized days. For parents who were not comfortable with even this minimal sex-ed, the notice provided to them and the right to opt-out would have allowed them to keep their children home that day.
When it comes to sex-ed, this is the only way a meaningful opt-out could possibly work. But through either malice or incompetence, the Ford government set up their “opt-out” to fail.
Last autumn, the Ford government was taken to court by the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), and others, who charged that the government’s promise to “repeal” the Wynne sex-ed curriculum had “a chilling effect on teachers’ abilities to teach the curriculum in an equitable, diverse and inclusive way”. The ETFO lawyers argued that the government had denied teachers the ability to teach topics – like gender identity – to children in the classroom.
The government eventually won the court case because their legal strategy employed a full retreat from the spirit of its own “repeal” promise and
Let me explain. The government’s lawyers argued, with the assistance of testimony from the Assistant Deputy Minister of Education, Martin Beckett, that Ontario teachers could teach anything they wished, at any grade, in any subject, using any materials they chose.
The only restriction was that teachers couldn’t formally examine children on a specific topic until it appeared in the curriculum as a testable grade expectation. For example, a teacher could teach “gender identity theory” to little children in Grade one, and in any subject area (say, in mathematics and social studies) but the student wouldn’t be tested on the material until the designated grade (say, Grade eight).
So where the Wynne government cheerfully tolerated the rogue teacher and her antics, the Ford government actually gave the rogue teacher – and any teacher for that matter – the explicit “right” to teach whatever they like, throughout the school year, and at any grade. Teachers now have carte blanche to peddle the latest and craziest theory of the
Want more proof? Ford’s 2019 Ministry of Education “opt-out” memorandum to school boards clearly confirms this: “Exemptions will be granted only for instruction related to all the Human Development and Sexual Health expectations in a student’s grade” (PPM 162). And herein lies the fraud and deceit of the “opt-out”. Parents receive a notice and are afforded an “opt-out” only for the “official” lesson in the designated grade.
There is no across the board opt-out for sex-ed. (For the record, already one school board said they will not comply with the government opt-out anyhow). Consider the example of “gender identity theory”. Out of the approximately 1560 school days between the start of Grade one and the end of Grade eight, we are talking about an “opt-out” for maybe five “official” days in Grades seven and eight. In other words,
For the other 99% plus of the time, it is “open season” on your children’s “gender identity”.
So when little 6-year-old Molly announces at the dinner table that she’s non-binary genderqueer, her (or is it their?) parents will know that the Ford opt-out is utterly useless. And who is to blame? Ontario Premier Doug Ford.
And remind me, Doug Ford, exactly how many genders are there? You asked the question last year, but you never did tell us your answer.
For many parents, the Catholic school system has been a safe haven for their children to escape the public school system’s sex-ed indoctrination. One of the primary reasons parents are grateful for this system is the consistency in the Catholic system’s doctrine and unwavering commitment to keeping comprehensive sex education out of their school’s curriculum.
In Ontario, however, news just came out that the provincial government headed by Premier Doug Ford, who won the Ontario PC party’s leadership race back in 2018 thanks to parental rights advocate and fellow leadership contender, Tanya Granic Allen, has flip-flopped yet again on this profile. During the 2018 Ontario PC leadership race, Ford took on the same talking points as Granic Allen to win the position, saying “Wynne (the former Liberal Ontario Premiere) has failed our kids” and vowed to scrap and replace the Liberal sex education curriculum once elected.
He also pledged to bring back the pre-Wynne sex-ed until a new curriculum had been crafted. Ford said the curriculum would be “age-appropriate.” a promise that appears to have not just fallen by the wayside, but has been completely and intentionally ignored.
To add context, the construction of Wynne’s curriculum was headed up by her deputy Education Minister, Benjamin Levin, who pleaded guilty in a Toronto court on three charges of child pornography. Levin was sentenced to three years in prison in May 2015 for not only possessing child pornography, but for creating it, as well as counselling others to commit sexual assault. Levin also took part in having inappropriate online chat groups with minors.
The sex-ed that Levin championed is the same sex-ed that Premier Doug Ford has decided to keep. Not only has the Ontario government turned its back on their promise to Ontario’s parents and their kids, but they have now requested that terms such as “gender expression”, “family status”, “marital status”, and “gender identity” be added to the prohibited grounds of discrimination contained in the Toronto Catholic District School Board’s Code of Conduct. These additions were exposed by the parental rights group of Ontario, PAFE.
These language additions may not seem like anything consequential, but that’s because we haven’t seen or heard of the ramifications of implementing such policies in Canada. So, here’s an example for you of what Ontario families are going to be facing; in 2015, Fairfax County in Virginia, USA, cast a vote to include the expression “gender identity” into the Fairfax County school system’s non-discrimination policy. This addition opened the door for boys to go into the girls’ washrooms and change in their change rooms.
Or look at what’s already started in the grade schools of Burnaby, B.C. One video, titled “Trans Qmunity kindergarten Ad,” shows the type of indoctrination that is already happening in parts of Canada.
The video features children singing about a genderless world, how they’re taught that gender doesn’t exist, and are taught to use their pronouns when introducing themselves. All of this from “teachers” who show themselves sketching the faces of infamous serial killers such as Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, and Richard Ramirez. (Skip to 1:22)
It’s not surprising that trans groups target schools because of the innocence and impressionability of children. Many groups claim these policies need implementation in the name of inclusion and as an anti-bullying measure. Groups push to have “transgender theory” taught, boys to compete in girls sports, drag queens perform provocative dances for kids, as well as head up their storytime. The issue in Fairfax County, as well as in Ontario, isn’t having biological boys use the girl’s washrooms, but it is the government exercising its strong arm. This is about power and politics, not children and their futures.
Parents don’t send their kids to school to get indoctrinated, but educated. That’s part of the reason hundreds of parents in Fairfax County filled the room where this policy addition was being voted on, many shouting just to be heard by the board, their angst undeniable. The video that recorded the meeting shows the chairman of the board threatening to kick out the parents, slamming his gavel several times to shut them up.
There was only one woman on the board that voted against the policy while the sponsor said that parents were standing on the wrong side of history. Parents know their children better than any government bureaucrat. It’s shameful for such a statement to be made.
Adopting these types of policies doesn’t just infringe on children’s privacy, but cancels teachers’ freedom of speech, puts lies into kids heads that some people are born into the wrong body, allows boys to compete in girls sports and in the end, makes girls the biggest losers.
Kids being told men can be women, leaves society in a scary place; the erasure of women. Trans theory is currently killing women’s sports and our uniqueness. Trans policies also leave the exploitation of females by biological males on the table with several cases reported. Where’re all the classes that talk about the strength that comes from a society that has both strong men and women who optimize their gifts together? Well, they’re definitely not being taught in Fairfax County, Virginia or in Ontario.
It’s not compassionate to say to a child, or any individual for that matter, that people are born into the wrong body. In fact, according to the American College of Pediatricians, it’s psychological abuse. Every individual carries around with them 100 million nucleated cells that tell us we are either male or female. We can’t change that! We’re meant to teach our kids how to flourish, not fill them with lies that ultimately confuse them.
Policy matters. Language matters. There are real-life ramifications that stem from both.
To the parents of Ontario, please, stand up for your children and for your rights to be their first and primary educator. To the teachers of Ontario, don’t allow the mob to run over your ability to exercise your freedom of speech or your freedom of conscience. And to the government of Ontario, stay the heck away from these dangerous policies!
The NDP MPP Joel Harden has been accused of supporting a terrorist organization after he called on the federal government to demand that Israel release a senior member of a Palestinian terror group, according to Bnai Brith Canada.
On Twitter, Harden stated that he was “Saddened, sickened and disgusted by the continued abuse of Khalida Jarrar, my parliamentary colleague, by Israeli occupation forces.” Jarrar was re-arrested on Wednesday after further suspected terrorist activities.
Jarrar was arrested by the Israeli troops due to incitement and promoting terrorist acts in 2015 and is a suspected high-ranking member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). In Canada, the PFLP is a designated terrorist group.
The PLFP has been charged with the killing of innocent civilians. In 2014, it was connected to the death of a Canadian citizen, Howie Rothman. In late August this year, the PLFB is alleged to have murdered an Israeli teenager.
No matter how many times women are hounded out of work, social groups, or organizations for saying that women are adult human females, I end up surprised each and every time. This latest shocker comes from the UK, where so much of this madness has fully taken hold. British birth coach Lynsey McCarthy Calvert was pushed out of the charity Doula UK, of which she was spokesperson, because she dared to say that “women birth all the people.”
The issue for McCarthy was that Cancer Research UK changed its advertising encouraging women to get routine pap smears, a basic gynecological exam, to advocating for the test for “everyone aged 25-64 with a cervix.”
In reaction to this, McCarthy took to Facebook, stating “I am not a ‘cervix owner’ I am not a ‘menstruator’ I am not a ‘feeling.’ I am not defined by wearing a dress and lipstick. I am a woman: an adult human female… Women birth all the people, make up half the population, but less than a third of the seats in the House of Commons are occupied by us.”
As we’ve seen so many times before, a few people got onto her feed, and made a lot of noise. They complained to McCarthy “…not only women birth children,” and took their grievance offline and into the real world where they disrupted her professional life. The complaints were that McCarthy was trans exclusive in her statements, that she was offensive.
Activists who are somehow delusional enough to believe that a woman who says she is a man and then conceives a child is a man giving birth as opposed to a woman, who imagines she is a man, having a child, sent letters detailing their offendedness.
The Board of Doula UK determined that the activists were correct and that the woman who has facilitated the birth of children on numerous occasions was incorrect. Doula UK has gone on to say that,despite McCarthy’s contention to the contrary, they had not “acquiesced” to activists or forced McCarthy out. McCarthy resigned, but it was either that or accept lies and defamation.
The only problem with ousting a woman from a pregnancy help charity for saying that “women birth all the people” is that, in fact, women do birth all the people. All the people who have ever been born on this earth since the beginning of time were gestated inside a woman’s body, and birthed from that body. Apparently it’s offensive to say so. Even if it is, it’s still true.
We’ve been at the point where it’s considered offensive to trans activists and trans people to say that only women are capable of having children via their bodies, even though they are. It’s offensive to say that women are the only ones who menstruate, even though they are. And it’s offensive to say that men can’t magically, surgically, and chemically turn into women, that women can’t turn into men, even though they can’t.
The entire thing where a few people’s hurt feelings are more important than actual facts and the right of women to speak the truth about their own bodies and the nature of reproduction continues to be baffling. More baffling is that women who know the truth, that biological sex is immutable, that gender is a lie, are afraid to speak out, afraid to challenge those men who would have us deny our bodies in favour of their made-up truth.
Women who speak out on this are silenced, and like so many other circumstances in which women are forced to believe a man’s interpretation of reality over her own, talking back only gets her hit. Whether personal or professional defamation, there is a big risk for women who refuse to be cowed into proclaiming lies as truth. It seems absurd, and trans activists deny that, but still, it keeps happening. These stories keep popping up.
It should not be shocking to anyone anymore that women who believe that women and men are distinct entities defined by their biological realities are considered bigots, phobic, or prejudiced. The more we are pushed to believe lies, the easier they are to believe, but that doesn’t make them any truer. McCarthy took a vocal stand about the fact that women are the ones who have female reproductive systems, that men do not need cervical cancer screenings because they are not, in fact, people who have a cervix.
Furthering the disconnect women have with their bodies by referring to them only as the summation of their biological parts will not help them overcome the embarrassment of seeking medical care for female only conditions. Ignoring the reality that women’s bodies are the only bodies that are capable of birthing children is cruel because women alone will still be the ones to do it.
Trans activists say that their goal is not to erase women or to deny their existence, yet with their continuing to be offended by the reality of women and their bodies, that’s exactly what they’re doing. If women can’t even maintain a medical definition, how will they access care, have considerate providers who understand the differences between male and female anatomy, or keep their children safe if we are not even able to name their bodies as their own? It doesn’t matter if it’s a kindness to ignore the fact that women birth all the people, it’s still a lie, and a dangerous one.
The drag queen readers from “Fay and Fluffy’s Storytime” have ended their relationship with the Toronto Library. This comes after the Toronto Library permitted feminist Megan Murphy to speak, despite accusations of transphobia.
Kaleb Robertson, who is the “Fluffy” of the duo, stated on Instagram that they could not “continue a relationship with a space that will host someone who is actively fighting to take away my legal rights as a human.”
Fay and Fluffy are apart of a drag queen act that reads books to children. Alongside their acts at the Toronto Public Library, they have also read at the AGO, ROM, and across classrooms in Ontario.
In a statement to the media, the duo stated that “Trans people existing and having rights to employment, housing, and safety is not a discussion.”
Megan Murphy is the founder of the Feminist Current website created controversy when she stated that “Feminists built and funded transition houses for women escaping male violence … and now we’re being told that having spaces for women to protect them from male violence is bigoted.”
Due to this, when Megan Murphy came to speak at the library, a small crowd came to protest her visit, attempting to break police barriers and shouting obscenities in the process. Despite the crowds relatively small numbers, politicians across the city came to denounce the library’s decision.
Fay and Fluffy are only the most recent public figures to cut ties with the Library. More are expected to follow.