In 2010, parents came out angrily against Liberal plans to teach early grades about age-inappropriate topics like masturbation, anal intercourse, oral sex, vaginal lubrication, and the idea that being a boy or a girl is merely a “social construct” that is unrelated to their biological reality. So strong was the parental backlash that then Premier Dalton McGuinty “shelved” the curriculum after only 3 days of public outcry.
That irresponsible curriculum program for Grades 1 - 8 was written under the direction of then Education Minister Kathleen Wynne and her then Deputy Education Minister, Benjamin Levin.
Fast forward five years to 2015... Kathleen Wynne is now Premier having just won a massive Liberal majority. Benjamin Levin is now serving time behind bars for child pornography-related crimes and a pedophilia-related crime. With her majority safe in hand, Wynne shocks the province by vowing to reintroduce the long-forgotten sex curriculum. Premier Wynne gambles that by the time the next provincial election comes around in 2018, voters will have forgotten this latest Liberal assault on parental rights and childhood innocence...again.
But parent's did not forget. Throughout 2015 to 2016, province-wide parental protests ensued. More than 160,000 parents signed petitions demanding the curriculum be repealed, and had those petitions presented to the legislature.
Student strikes were held as a form of protest in which parents kept children out of school, in some cases, for up 2 months. The protest actions resulted in many teacher job losses with public school enrollment dropping after thousands of parents permanently pulled their kids out of the public system, opting for homeschooling or a private school instead.
In spite of this unprecedented parental uprising, Premier Wynne ignored the voice of parents, and it was rammed through in 2016/2017 as the first full year of implementation.
The parental resistance still continues today with ongoing protests at MPP offices, and other creative strategies to raise awareness about the harmful curriculum, and to draw new parents into the battle. We still demand an immediate repeal of the controversial curriculum, and ask the government to start over with a genuine parental consultation process.