Since I’ve been back home, my mum has been updating me about the Primer of the Liberal party, Kathleen Wynne as she is striving to have children introduced to the reproductive system at younger ages so they can be more prepared for societal issues such as consent and equality.
In grade one, 6-7 year old children will be introduced to parts of the body. In grade two the students will be taught the concept of consent, and in grade three the concepts of gender identity and sexual orientation will be presented. Parents are allowed to have their children removed from the Physical and Health Education curriculum but of course when the children return to school all their classmates will want to say the ‘cool new words’ they just learned.
When I was introduced to parts of the body in grade five (so almost ten or eleven) I laughed and giggled with my classmates like every child, but looking back I honest believe it was the right age for this introduction because puberty was approaching so I could relate to the content and take it seriously.
The Board of Education has really tested itself with this one as Wynne also says that the LGBTQ population is apparently non existent in the public school system. In my HIGH SCHOOL (and possibly middle school) I had several homosexual teachers and I believe that we are in an era where sexual orientation is irrelevant when it comes to jobs, as society is naturally expanding their definition of equality. Like racism, sexual orientation has been tested in terms of equality in society, but I believe that the government shouldn’t have any more control over how children think, especially when it comes to sexuality.
If anything, Ontario’s entire education system needs to be completely reconstructed. As a graduate from high school I have memorized how to calculate a slope and can recite the pythagorean theorem, but I could not tell you how to balance a cheque book because I didn’t take accounting or other math courses. Life skills are a necessity to education which is something the government fails to address. We shouldn’t have to learn life lessons through regurgitated content, this needs to be done through personal relationships with your friends and family, we learn best through experience and communication. But apparently my inability to take 30% off of those jeans I really wanted is not as important as the vagina that I inevitably know and have.
The government does not need to regulate everything in society, this being sexual instinct. There are enough natural signs in society for children to understand the concepts of sex, consent, and body parts – I mean I think I turned out okay.
Till next time,