QUEBEC, November 22, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — A two-year sex-ed pilot project that will expand to include kindergarteners in January “smells rotten” to Georges Buscemi, president of Quebec’s pro-life lobby group, Campagne Quebec Vie.
“Schools shouldn’t even be discussing this, as it is the parents’ role,” Buscemi said of the Liberal government’s project, which was launched in 15 public and four private schools in 2015.
In January, the project will expand to include children in “prescholaire” or kindergarten, but while general outlines of the sex-ed curriculum’s intended goals are available on the government website, the actual materials are not.
“I did have some very specific questions about can we have access to the full material that the teacher is going to use,” Bryan St-Louis, public relations director for the minister of education, told LifeSiteNews, “but this part is not public because it’s a pilot project, and also probably there’s a lot of material. But there is a lot of information on the website.”
The ministry’s website outlines that the ministry has “four main objectives” for the typically 5-year-old kindergarten students, Buscemi told LifeSiteNews in an email, describing these as:
identify and name body parts, including those specific to girls and those specific to boys;
identify the feelings, emotions and needs they are experiencing;
describe in their own words the stages of life, starting with the meeting between the sperm and egg until birth, vaginally or by Caesarean section;
review the different types of families that exist in their society: nuclear, single-parent, reconstituted (decomposed) homo-parental, adoptive
“It would be nice to have details about what they mean by this,” Buscemi says of the first and second objectives.
“I worry about scandal here, as I don’t think that more than one percent or so of preschoolers even think about sex at all (and the ones who do might do so as a result of abuse, which is better treated privately, not in a classroom setting),” he noted. “What, then, is the point of this?”
As for the third objective, Buscemi noted that it is “nice to see that life for the Quebec government starts at conception, so hopefully they will not be dehumanizing the unborn in the minds of children.”
At the same time, “I fully expect they will, given that they are committed to abortion,” he told LifeSiteNews.
Regarding the fourth objective, Buscemi pointed out that the sex-ed curriculum, in its review of the “different types of families,” will “probably say that all these arrangements are of equal value and contribute to our diversified mosaic — no thank you!”
But without access to the materials, it is hard to offer a critique of the proposed curriculum. “Again, why don't they just publish the curriculum so parents can see? In sum, I smell something rotten and I want to see the programme.”
Moreover, of the 19 schools involved in the two-year project, there are none in Montreal, he observed. “Why are none of these pilot programmes for sex ed on the island of Montreal? Probably because they have seen what happened in Ontario and fear a sharp reaction on the part of (more conservative) immigrant parents” in that city.
The kindergarten segment of the sex-ed program begins in January, and will be three hours between January and April, reported the CBC. Teachers will receive training in December.
St-Louis told LifeSiteNews that after the pilot project ends, the minister of education, currently Sébastien Proulx, will analyze the results and decide whether the sex-ed curriculum will be obligatory for all schools.
“I am advised that under Section 461 of the Education Act, the Minister may provide conditions for exemption from the sexuality education program,” St-Louis stated.
However, “no exemptions have been made yet for the pilot project,” he added. “We didn’t have any request for exemptions.”
But when the pilot project was introduced, under then-minister of education François Blais, the ministry said there would be no exemptions, as LifeSiteNews reported at the time.
“Sexual education is planned for all Quebec students,” Pascal Ouellet, ministry of education spokesperson, told Canadian Press then.