It’s so easy to get them all mixed up when their parents tell them that gays are evil and sinful and that only little boys want to play baseball and only girls should wear pink. All you have to do is show them that these things their parents are telling them aren’t true.
The Toronto District School Board has actually done something to redeem itself in my eyes. A difficult proposition considering I just found out they’re offering degrees in baloney. They recently proposed a set of improvements for public school curricula that would teach children that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual people exist, and that it’s not nice to call them names or try to hurt them. Who’d have thought this would be such a confusing proposition?
The full curriculum is available here, weighing in at a whopping 223 pages, and it includes not only the curriculum’s stated goals, but also the following text on pages 3 and 4:
What Anti-Homophobia Education Is NOT!
Anti-homophobia education is not sex education. It does not involve the explicit description or discussion of sexual activities.
Anti-homophobia education does not “corrupt” children by introducing topics beyond their understanding. It is age-appropriate, usually conducted as part of material about other equity-seeking groups, and conforms to provincial education guidelines for different age levels.
Anti-homophobia education does not encourage children to become lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirited, or queer. Sexual orientation (whether one is or will be attracted to people of the same or opposite sex) is deep-seated and personal, and cannot be changed or influenced by reading a book or hearing a presentation.
Anti-homophobia education does not teach children that their parents’/guardians’/caregivers’ religious values are wrong. We live in a very diverse society. From a very young age, children learn that different religions and different families believe in different things. For example, learning that different groups have different dietary rules does not teach children that the diet required by their parents/guardians/caregivers or their religion is wrong.
So what does the Family Values crowd do when confronted with such disclaimers that it isn’t about teaching about sex, confusing children, or attempting to ‘turn’ them? Why, claim that that’s exactly the aim of the program, of course! “Heavens forefend”, says the wilting theist, “that MY little girl learn that gender roles like ‘girls wear dresses and boys play cowboy’ are largely societal constructs rather than intrinsic properties — I might have to put teacups over her ears!” CanadianValues.ca posted the following petition to stop the Inclusive Curriculum initiative and included an image that I will upload for posterity, in case it’s shuffled off their page at any time in the future.
Not only is the program is intended to integrate learning that LGBTQ folks exist into regular classroom activities to normalize their existence, it’s also intended to lead a discussion in class about why it’s not acceptable to call one another “faggot” or to bully each other on the basis of uncontrollable differences like gender — in much the same way that they presently discuss race and why it’s not acceptable to call one another various racial slurs. This, of course, is anathema to the Right to Bigotry so vaunted by religionists everywhere there’s a progressive agenda toward plurality. So, they’re framing it, of course, as a rights issue — not only are these pluralistic ideas being “forced” on the children, they’re being “forced” on the parents too — since the curriculum specifically recommends on page 10 that children not be allowed religious exemptions or be forced to send notes home for parents to sign off on specific modules. Since such an integrative approach would involve many casual references to homosexuals, I suspect kids of particularly zealously religious parents would be forced to leave the room for ten second spans every five minutes or so any time someone’s brought up that might be considered offensive by the parents who’d rather disrupt a whole classroom than have their children’s carefully acculturated ignorance of gender politics be breached.
And just look at that twee font. Which kinda sorta looks like something a kid might write, if they worked nights at a Tiki bar I guess.
Word.ca also uploaded the PDF, helpfully renaming the file to “See page 10!” for those who might also get confused by all that stuff about it not being their intention at all on page 3. Yes, skip past the evidence to the contrary, you easily manipulable Family Values voters! You gullible fools, whose roles as sheep have been inculcated in you as long as your sense of gender roles in society! Go straight to page ten, and rage, RAGE, against those damnable perverts trying to convert our sweet little children!
Hat tip to Stephanie Zvan of Almost Diamonds for sending this along, knowing full well I’d have to have a nice little rant over this one.