When I ran for leader of the Ontario PC Party, my main platform involved a plan to repeal the Kathleen Wynne sex-ed.
Yes, I ran on other issues as well: exposing the corruption from the Patrick Brown era; opposing the carbon tax; and ending the wind-turbine boondoggle. But opposing the Wynne sex-ed was always at the centre of my campaign.
When Doug Ford finally came around to this same position during the leadership campaign and publicly committed to explicitly “repeal” and “replace” the Wynne sex-ed, most of my supporters rewarded him by ranking him as their second choice. Doug promised, and they delivered.
Now it’s time for Doug Ford to deliver. True, he has already broken his promise that I would play an important role in his government. So be it – at least I am free again to openly advocate for the parents and the children and not have to worry about “the party line” or “message discipline.” But Ford cannot wiggle out of this promise to “repeal and replace” the Wynne curriculum.
If the new Ford PC government is serious about “repeal and replace”, the “repeal” part needs to happen this summer – before school returns in September.
Why the rush? If Doug Ford truly believes that the Wynne sex-ed is harmful to the children of Ontario, as I do, as he intimated several times over the past few weeks, then the next move is obvious: we must remove the danger from the classroom, and we must do it now.
What exactly is that danger? Although it has been over three years since the Wynne sex-ed was introduced, the specific objections remain the same: it’s age inappropriate; it sexualizes children; and there are glaring omissions within the curriculum – basic words like “love” and “marriage”.
Furthermore, shouldn’t there be some effort to teach Ontario students about the dangers of pornography? Perhaps the mention of pornography was deliberately omitted from the new “modern” curriculum by Wynne and her team. After all, her Deputy Minister of Education at the time, Dr Ben Levin, who was the top bureaucrat responsible for the development of the Wynne curriculum, was later convicted – and jailed – for the production of child pornography. What a relief the Wynne Liberals were so thoroughly defeated in the June 7 election.
And what about the exceedingly controversial “gender identity theory”? This “theory” is used to obscure the biological fact that there are only two sexes, male and female. Instead, it presents children with the unproven concept that multiple genders exist, and which are divorced from their biological sex. Sex-ed in public schools ought to teach facts – not unproven, highly contentious social theories.
But in Kathleen Wynne’s Ontario, our classrooms have been used as vehicles of radical, anti-family experimentation. Truly, this is a curriculum that raises many red-flags, was developed with virtually no parental consultation, and further disrespects parents by offering no “opt-out” for those who object.
Now that the election has been won, there is no time to waste. Ford’s “repeal and replace” promise regarding Wynne’s sex ed curriculum needs to happen this summer.
Can it be done? Yes! This is far easier than one might think. Here’s how to go about it:
Step One – Repeal it, immediately. Note to Doug Ford: simply have your new Minister of Education issue a directive ordering the Wynne sex-ed removed from all curricula. Tether to that directive mandatory advance notification with an opt-out for parents. Send the communique to all school boards – French, Catholic, and Public. Our public schools must no longer sexualize their students with this curriculum.
Step Two – Review and consult, over the next year or so. Once the Wynne sex ed curriculum has been repealed, and presumably, as promised in the PC Platform, the previous curriculum is “restored”, it will then be time to further consult with parents as to the future of sex ed in Ontario. Take your time and properly review and consult with parents, experts, teachers, faith leaders, and see what is beneficial, and what is harmful. The last thing a sex-ed curriculum should be is abusive. Yet presenting information to a child he/she cannot handle is tantamount to abuse.
Step Three – Replace it, long-term. After in-depth and proper consultation, replace the curriculum with something age-appropriate, and which teaches the necessary basics. No social engineering. No ideological experimentation on our kids. No politically correct instruction. Just the basics. Replace the sex-ed and gender identity theorizing with something which respects parents, respects religious diversity, and respects family values. This could take a while. But it is important to get this curriculum right.
Throughout this process, it is crucial that your government be guided by this principle: Show Respect to Parents. In a complete departure from the Wynne Liberals, you should show parents that you care and that you respect their rights. To do this, our schools must offer the parents – starting this September – advance notification of when any sex-ed lessons will be taught, and the schools must always allow for parents to remove their children from these classes if they so choose, without fear of retribution or reprisals by the teacher or principal.
This notice and “opt-out” is key, and needs to be mandated this summer by the Minister of Education. In the long-term, legislation should be passed to enshrine this right.
Doug Ford made many promises during his campaign for PC Leader and then Premier, and the “repeal and replace” promise regarding the Wynne sex-ed is among the easiest promise he can fulfill.
No immediate legislation is required: a simple directive or series of directives from the Minister of Education is all that is needed for immediate relief. Then Doug Ford and the PC government can check one big promise off the list. Doug Ford must start the process now. Kids deserve to head back to school in the fall, free from the intolerant Wynne sex-ed curriculum.
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