Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Sex Education in Ontario

Let me first start off by telling you that I identify myself as Catholic. Whether I’m a “good” catholic, or a “bad” catholic – is not my position to judge, nor should it be yours. That being said – I challenge you to read through this post, as it is my interest it to challenge your bias on sex education in grade school coming in the new curriculum

 

Let’s start with a video:

 

 

 

That video is from this article circulating the web:

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2015/05/04/fact-checking-10-claims-made-by-parents-against-the-ontario-sex-ed-curriculum.html

 

This article is an example of “Left” bias – in fact – this article reminds me that the Star is trying their best to maintain their horrible standard in reporting news. In the article they source an anonymous Arabic letter as if it represents the view of everyone who opposes these changes, and in turn, ridiculing anyone who does oppose it because of how the letter itself is misinformed.

I propose changing the title of this article to:

BuzzFeed: 10 reasons why criticising sex education means you’re stupid

This false-appeal through ridicule is an example of pandering with extreme messaging. We are familiar with this tactic in American “conservative” media – and often associate that this tactic only belongs to the conservative media alone.

 

Don’t be stupid: There is no definitive right or wrong position, regardless of if you support the changes or not.

 

I personally support the changes to sex education. I feel that intellectualizing sex prior to the self-discovery of it will improve both the educational experience of children who go through puberty at different ages and better enable teachers and families to discuss cultural or traditional beliefs of sex to children before they decide for themselves, or more specifically, let their hormones decide for them.

 

I am aware that many Catholics do not support these changes, as the government does not condone sexual behaviour as strictly as Catholic teaching does, but I do believe that – either through catholic teachers being catholic – or catholic families being catholic, that this will strengthen catholic views on sex by avoiding sweeping sex education under the rug as a set of rules without reason.

 

With that being said, let’s get an article on the curriculum changes from a Catholic news source.
Warning, conservative media tends to be ridiculous with bias and bad news reporting.

oh wait… that seems reasonable? maybe Catholics in Canada know how to adhere to good journalism, let’s try elsewhere:

 

 

Nop – still good journalism. Both articles were reporting on views from those who oppose the curriculum and none of which sourced anonymous extremists, even though, they reported on people who represent the extremely opposed. In reading those articles, valuable points have been made:

  1. Consulting with just 1 parent from every elementary school is hardly good consulting when it comes to reforming what the government forces children to learn.
  2. Lack of transparency in consulting parents in what is “ok” to teach is sufficiently concerning. Are they allowed to teach which political party is better with the same consultation process?
  3. Does an online survey with loaded questions count as consultation?
  4. Did Benjamin Levin (an alleged child pornographer) play any part in writing the new curriculum?

It is important that we challenge our bias and stop ridiculing those who oppose your beliefs. I may support sexual education reform for the same reasons Maclean's writes about.  But don’t fool yourself in thinking that your reasons are strong enough to ignore the valuable points made above – we need to debate these issues properly, and I pray that the government does so.

 

I will now finish with non-biased reporting from Global News/Canadian Press:

http://globalnews.ca/news/1845754/what-ontarios-new-sex-ed-curriculum-teaches-in-grades-1-through-12/ 


/Regards

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