Parents' protests force Canadian Catholic school to put sex education lessons on ice

A Catholic school board in Ontario, Canada, has decided to delay the implementation of its Health and Physical Education curriculum that contains sexual health topics after parents protested its content.

Parents and organisations are opposing the sex education component of the updated Health and Physical Education curriculum that was announced by Ontario’s Ministry of Education last February and was set for implementation in September.

According to LifeSiteNews, the sex education component teaches grades 1 to 8 pupils diverse topics including gender identity, sexual orientation, identifying parts of the reproductive system and the dangers of “sexting,” or the sending of sexually explicit photographs or messages via cell phone… >

< …The Parents as First Educators (PAFE), an organisation that vehemently opposes the curriculum, said it hopes that “other boards follow the courageous example of these boards.”

PAFE and Life Site News have launched online petitions to stop the implementation of the curriculum.

Jack Fonseca of the Campaign Life Coalition said the delay in the implementation “buys parents more time to keep protesting and putting pressure on MPPs to demand the total repeal of the curriculum.”

“Hopefully parents in all the other Catholic school boards can leverage this development to demand their trustees at least to do the same,” he said.

Good - the curriculum, in my mind, is not only offensive to Catholic teaching, but actually abusive of children.

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