All day on CFRA today I listened to the news say that Kathleen Wynne's Liberals had consulted with 4000 parents over the new sex-ed curriculum.
According to a freedom of information request done by Postmedia: not true.
In fact there were only 1,638 consultations done. And look at the questions that were asked, as reported by Sun media:
"...However, it’s not as if they could get any results that didn’t appear supportive of the new sex-ed changes. The questions were too broad for that.
Here’s one: “It is important that curriculum is reviewed and updated regularly to keep up with the changing skills and knowledge children and youth need to thrive in today’s world.” Who’s going to say no to a statement like that? That’s why 85% of respondents strongly agreed and another 13% somewhat agreed.
The same goes for this softball: “It is important to me that the school curriculum supports students in having the knowledge and skills that allow them to make healthy, safe and informed choices.” (84% strongly agree.)
What’s the point of shelling out $19,000 to an external contractor to get responses to these vague statements? There isn’t a single question that’s specifically about the contents of the sex-ed curriculum.
The closest was: “I believe that the school should teach my child about both the risks of sexual activities and about ways to make safe and healthy choices regarding their sexual health.” Only 59% of respondents strongly agreed with the statement.
Postmedia reported last year that, according to the ministry, “Information gleaned from the parent survey will be used, along with work already done developing the previous curriculum, to draw up the new version which will be in place for the start of the next school year.”
Clearly that was bogus, considering the survey didn’t address anything specific about the sex-ed components of the curriculum.
There was, however, one question that wasn’t all mush: “How much would you say you trust each of the following sources of health information, in terms of providing reliable and accurate information on sexual health to your child(ren).”
The options included four authority figures: Parents, doctors/nurses, public health officials and school curriculum/teachers.
The teachers came last. In terms of which category parents consider “very trustworthy,” they put themselves at 87%, with doctors following close behind at 83%. Teachers scored a lousy 40%.
In other words, survey respondents believe parents are the most reliable source to provide sex-ed to children."I suppose this shouldn't surprise us. After all this sex-ed curriculum is brought to you by the same bunch who hides abortion information in Ontario: Kathleen Wynne's Liberals.
Make numbers up, hide numbers, it's all the same for this crowd of incompetents running the zoo over there in Queen's Park.