August 2, 2018 (Everyday For Life Canada) –The Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association's response to the repeal of the controversial 2015 sex-curriculum proves once again how the union continues to betray Catholic education and parental rights. Here's their July 18 “Statement on the Repeal of the Health and Physical Education Curriculum” from their website:
The Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association (OECTA) expresses great disappointment with the government's decision to revert to the outdated Health and Physical Education curriculum.
Prior to the introduction of the revised curriculum in 2015, the most recent update took place in 1998. This was a time before smart phones, social media, and progress in the understanding of different sexual orientations and gender identities. In this respect, the 2015 curriculum made major and necessary updates to respond to developments in law, technology, and society. Also, in developing the curriculum, the Ministry of Education consulted with thousands of parents and educators, as well as a broad cross-section of experts and stakeholder organizations.
“A modern and comprehensive Health and Physical Education curriculum is key to promoting healthy living,” says Liz Stuart, President of OECTA. “The role of the publicly funded education system should be to foster awareness and respect. To this end, it is important for teachers to have relevant, up-to-date information and resources. By going backward, we are doing students a disservice, leaving them without the tools and knowledge to manage their relationships and personal well-being.”
Catholic teachers have been teaching family life education through the Fully Alive program for more than 30 years. When the Health and Physical Education curriculum was developed, the Institute for Catholic Education provided input to the government, and worked with all Catholic partners to update Fully Alive and present the new curriculum expectations through the lens of our Catholic faith. As the government embarks on a new round of consultations, Catholic teachers will continue to advocate for a curriculum that properly equips students to face the realities of modern society.
OECTA has accepted the biased and dangerous idea of “gender identity.” This is not just Catholic teaching, but it's also unscientific and beyond common sense. The distorted thinking defies nature itself.
OECTA has bought the lie of “equity, inclusive and sexual rights education.” And even after you label it with the nice sounding language of “to strive for more peace, respect, and compassion in our society. Rather than seeing difference and separation, we seek to embrace all that unites us as people” it is still a lie. Parents want teachers to work with them and not with “Catholic stakeholders and partners.” It's parents that should direct the moral education of their children and not the unknown Institute for Catholic Education.
Liz Stuart is wrong in saying that “A modern and comprehensive Health and Physical Education curriculum is key to promoting healthy living.” What children really need is to be told the truth. Young minds need loving guidance from their parents and teachers as they navigate this earthly pilgrimage to try and save their souls. Enough already of the lies and distortions of comprehensive sex-education. There is nothing “comprehensive” in the mechanics of sex. Worshipping at the altar of the gonads leads to the loss of one's soul. In this latest pathetic reaction to the repeal of the sex curriculum, OECTA has completely rejected its Catholic heritage and the very reason to exist. If OECTA were truly Catholic, it would be a strong force in getting the radical sex-curriculum withdrawn.
However, the political response should come as no surprise to parents who have been following the work of OECTA in recent years. It's OECTA that promotes dialogue about “gender equity and ending gender-based violence.” They want students and teachers to celebrate and recognize the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, International Women’s Day and United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. OECTA has partnered with Egale Canada Human Rights Trust to push or LGBTQ issues and establishing gay/straight alliances in schools. OECTA is a big supporter of World Pride parade and the annual Pride parade in Toronto.
So, OECTA's support for the radical sex-curriculum of 2015 is in line with what they believe and promote. But the deception is in the fact that they continue to call themselves Catholic. And they are not. It's false advertising. Since the bishops have refused to make the union accountable, it's up to parents to be vigilant and protect their children from an organization that is more concerned about its political work and financial bottom line than the spiritual lives of children. It's a betrayal of Catholic education and parental rights.
Published with permission from Everyday For Life Canada.