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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Bluewater Board Against Province's Sex-Ed 'Snitch Line'

Grey Bruce | by John Divinski  

Director of Education calls concept disappointing

The Director of Education for the Bluewater District School Board has no use for the provincial government's so-called "snitch line" to report on teachers not towing the line when it comes to a revised sex-ed curriculum in the schools this year.

Alana Murray says any time something as "heavy-handed" as a report line is used, it sends the message that the boards and the government are not working together in the best interest of students.

She finds the concept very disappointing.

As we reported to you recently, the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario doesn't like it either and is seeking a court injunction to shut it down.

The Federation has also applied to the courts for an injunction to stop the provincial government from reverting to what many believe is an outdated sex-ed curriculum, dating back to 1998.

However, Alana Murray does say, with the new school year just underway, teachers are going to be able to teach in many of the sex-ed areas they were concerned about such as gender identify and family inclusiveness but less explicit will be the subject areas of body parts and consent.

She says part of the real problem has been the change at such a late date just before the start of the school year, it's difficult for teachers to properly prepare but the board will provide support and resources as they begin to implement the changed curriculum.

The reaction from parents within Bluewater District has been virtually non-existent.

Murray says she has received only one phone call and it was from a parent who was giving the board permission to use the 2015 sex-ed curriculum to teach their child, which of course, the board cannot do.

Otherwise, it's been quiet.

In a recent Bayshore Broadcasting News survey, 46% of respondents believe the 2015 sex-ed curriculum was fine and should be taught.

Alana Murray agrees and points out, even if they revert to the old curriculum, students are going to ask questions, and teachers need to be prepared to answer the questions facing kids today.


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