Friday November 19, 2010
Ontario urges acceptance of kindergartners’ ‘sexual orientation,’ ‘gender identity’
By Patrick B. Craine
HAMILTON, Ontario, November 19, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Ontario government’s new all-day kindergarten curriculum, developed to be in harmony with their equity and inclusive education strategy, expects teachers to combat “preconceived notions” about the “gender” of five-year-olds.
“This is lunacy,” said Jim Hughes, national president of Campaign Life Coalition. “Are we going to allow teachers now to plant in the minds of four-year-olds the idea that they don’t have to accept being a boy or being a girl?”
A kindergarten draft document explains that all children, parents, and other school community members are to be welcomed and included “regardless of … gender identity [and] sexual orientation,” in addition to categories such as ancestry and socio-economic status.
The document states that “preconceived notions about children’s … gender … create barriers that reduce engagement and equitable outcomes.”
All full-day kindergarten programs in the province, it says further, are to be based on the expectations that it outlines.
The document conforms to the Ministry’s highly-controversial and all-encompassing equity and inclusive education strategy, which aims to shape all curricula and practice to the Ministry’s ideals of equity and inclusion. These ideals have been sharply criticized for promoting alternate conceptions of gender and the notion that homosexuality is a normal lifestyle choice.
Pro-family activist Dawn Stefanowicz, who was raised by a homosexual father amidst the gay sub-culture, warned that pushing gender identity theory on kindergarten-age kids will seriously damage them.
“Government-mandated, explicit promotion of diverse sexualities, gender identities, and diverse family units in all-day classes exploits young children, creating confusion around their own innocent same-sex play with other children,” she explained.
The equity strategy, she said, “assumes that very young children have sexual feelings and thoughts, will sexually act out, and can provide sexual consent with whomever or whatever they choose.”
“This is ugly and divisive propaganda meant to control our precious children and separate them from the moral and religious upbringing of their parents, families of origin, and ethnic and faith communities,” she said. “In other words, this is state usurpation of parental rights and consent while taking control of our children.”
The draft document is available on the website of the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board, which directs those interested in their program to it.
Patrick Daly, the board’s chair, emphasized that the board had nothing to do with its writing and insisted that they do not “necessarily espouse everything in it.”
“Everything that’s taught in our schools is keeping with the teachings of our faith,” he told LifeSiteNews.
“I urge all parents to rise up and stand against this insanity,” said Hughes. “Protect your little boys and girls from being taught that they may not be little boys and girls after all.”
LifeSiteNews.com did not hear back from the Ministry of Education by press time.
Dalton McGuinty, Premier
Toronto ON M7A 1A1
Fax: (416) 325-3745
E-mail: Use this form.
Hon. Leona Dombrowsky, Minister of Education
Mowat Block, 22nd Flr, 900 Bay St
Toronto, ON M7A 1L2
Tel: 1-800-387-5514 (TTY 1-800-263-2892)
Email: [email protected]