And pity the eager young instructor who might naively interpret a progressive sex-ed curriculum as an endorsement to truly and openly “educate” all students equally on what the secular powers in Ontario society consider appropriate.
If you can't stand up for something this important, like giving youth good, reliable information that is actually useful for them, that make a real dfifferent in their lives and society at large, then you are a bad teacher and a coward to boot.
I don't think Smol is objecting to sex education at all.
Once we stop tiptoeing around sex, we'll start seeing healthier attitudes toward a natural, pleasurable, sexual self-image.
There is no proof that starting sexual health education early results in starting sexual activities early.
After 23 years of teaching and 10 years of active union involvement, I have found that nothing can be more volatile to a teacher’s career than overstepping some pre-conceived sexual boundary.
As a union representative I have been required, on more than one occasion, to provide assistance to teachers facing disciplinary action for upsetting specific student sensibilities with words such as “masturbation” and “wet dreams” in the course of a lesson.
Regardless of what the government might assume, teachers can never own this responsibility if parents still think ownership rests with them.
Not all principals are likely to support their teacher’s professional judgment and classroom decision making should they be challenged by a parent or student.
If anything, there are reports that the former actually results in delayed sexual activity and safer sex practices.
So please stop the scare mongering over kids learning about oral and anal sex.
Sexual health education needs to stop being the taboo subject in school, and students should be learning about their bodies, relationships, and respect as early as they learn how to read.