Why are the people of Ontario so upset about children learning about sex? For those who are not aware, check out the latest from Central Canada:
Four or five is NOT too early to learn the proper names of the body parts, in my opinion. I wished I had access to this information at that age. We correct children if they say the name of vegetables incorrectly, so why not the gender bits? They are also not too old to learn about different family dynamics. Some children are living in multi-generational homes, step-family homes, and same-sex parental situations. Some children are being raised by grandparents.
Having learned about the birds and the bees in Grade Five, not much has changed here is Saskatchewan:
Grade Five is a bit too late to learn the art of adult communicating. Lately I have been reading complaints on the Conservative Party election posts from angry parents wanting to teach their children about sex on their own, not having their children exposed (excuse the pun) to it in school. That means there will be children discovering sex in some scary ways without knowing the consequences, as they have been for centuries.
I am slightly worried for these children, as their parents do not know the difference between provincial and federal government policies. The federal government has no control over a provincial education programme. It is rather embarrassing, really. I can imagine the conversations about the private points; their will most likely be nicknames and a lot of blushing. I am sorry, but these parents will not teach their kids one single thing. This is how far parents are going in protest of Ontario’s forward-thinking:
Oy and vey. The era of unknowing has to end. Ontario, you are on the right track.
(1) “Protecting the Health and Well-Being of Students.” News.ontario.ca. Government of Ontario, 30 Oct. 2014. Web. 13 Sept. 2015.
(2) Young, Leslie. “Sexual Education Compared across Canada.” Global News Sexual Education Compared across Canada. Global News, 24 Feb. 2015. Web. 13 Sept. 2015.
(3) Jones, Allison. “Half of One Toronto School’s Students Kept Home to Protest New Sex-ed.” The Globe and Mail. N.p., 08 Sept. 2015. Web. 13 Sept. 2015.