Canadian governments are pushing to undo parental rights
|Children don’t belong to the government|
Both at the provincial and national level, Canadian governments and school boards no longer see the need to respect parental rights. Get the parents out of the way and the children can be “progressively” state socialized. In Ontario, the Premier Kathleen Wynne has shown no intention whatsoever to respect the beliefs of Christians and other cultural groups as her Liberal party implemented the radical sex curriculum found in the Health and Physical Education document of 2015.
In Alberta, Premier Rachel Notley and her Minister of Education David Eggen don’t believe parents should be informed when homosexuality, gender identity and any of the LGBTQ issues are promoted and taught in the classroom. About another issue but not unrelated, the Prime Minister of Canada recently made it clear that he does not support the Alberta MP Rachael harder as president of the Status of Women committee. Why? Because she does not support abortion. No Liberal MP can be pro-life. The issue of killing the unborn for Trudeau is non-negotiable. Canadians who oppose abortion have gradually been silenced and have no say in shaping policies and laws that govern institutions, schools and public life in Canada. However, it’s anti-democratic to violate parental rights and bring in legislation that the majority of Canadian voters don’t support. After all abortion, euthanasia and “same-sex marriage” have all been ushered in by judicial activism, not by an election.
To see just how governments and school boards are usurping and totally disrespecting of parental rights, Canadians should carefully examine the document issued by the Toronto District School Board in 2011. It’s a resource guide for teachers introduced under the guise of creating safe schools and ending bullying. The real intent was about promoting homosexuality and silencing opposition. Ontario parents were never told the truth. The teachers’ guide is called, Challenging Homophobia and Heterosexism: A K-12 Curriculum Resource Guide.
On pages 9-10 of the Resource Guide, this is what educators are instructed to do when it comes to teaching and advancing the LGBTQ issues:
Should Schools Send Notes Or Permission Slips Home Before Starting any Classroom Work On LGBTQ Issues?
No. If a school treats the topic of sexual orientation or anti-homophobia work differently from the range of other curriculum topics, this could be construed as discriminatory practice. Anti-homophobia education is mandated in all our schools through the Equity Foundation Statement and Commitments to Equity Policy Implementation, the Human Rights Policy, and the Gender-Based Violence Prevention Policy.
Can A Parent Have Their Child Accommodated Out Of Human Rights Education Based On Religious Grounds?
No. “Religious accommodation” in the TDSB is carried out in the larger context of the secular education system. While the TDSB works to create a school system free from religious discrimination, this freedom is not absolute. The TDSB will limit practices or conduct in its schools that may put public safety, health, or the human rights and freedoms of others at risk.
As well, the TDSB will limit practices or conducts in its schools that are in violation of its other policies. For example, if a parent asks for his or her child to be exempted for any discussions of LGBTQ family issues as a religious accommodation, this request cannot be made because it violates the Human Rights Policy. Furthermore, this is consistent with the ideal that human rights education is an essential strategy for preventing human rights abuses.
Can Teachers Seek Accommodation From Teaching Materials That May Contradict Their Religious Beliefs?
No. The TDSB is part of the secular public education system. Teachers are equally responsible for delivering curriculum created by the provincial Ministry of Education and to supporting the TDSB policies, which more accurately reflect the educational needs of our student population.
The delivery of curriculum related to human rights issues must be consistent with the Ontario Human Rights Code, the TDSB Human Rights Policy, and the Equity Foundation Statement and Commitments to Equity Policy Implementation.
Failure to do so is contrary to the obligations outlined for teachers on page 4 of the TDSB Human Rights Policy. Teachers refusing to create an inclusive classroom that is safe and supportive for all students would create a poisoned learning environment.
Can Teachers and Administrators Get Support Within The TDSB?
Yes. The TDSB Teaching Resource for Dealing with Controversial and Sensitive Issues In TDSB Classrooms provides Guidelines for Dealing with Controversial and Sensitive Issues, as well as outlines the Role of the Reader Teaching/Learning Strategy for addressing issues of bias and provides sample curriculum activities for various grade levels K-12.
These disturbing pages reveal the true intent of the school board. The document actually instructs teachers to overrule parental rights. This is a clear violation of the Education Act but also the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Article 26, section 3 unequivocally states: “Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children,” not the government. But it gets worse.
In addition, this attack on parental rights is now law in both Alberta and Ontario. Alberta has done it with Bill 10, An Act to Amend the Alberta Bill of Rights to Protect Our Children, and Ontario with Bill 13, Accepting School Act. These laws essentially legally protect gay/straight school clubs, transgenderism, gender identity and gender expression. The legislation gives the green light to teach and even promote homosexuality in provincial schools. Any opposition, even in Catholic schools, is quickly silenced in the name of bigotry, religious fanaticism and homophobia. Parents who disagree have no real say. There is much fake talk about “tolerance,” “diversity,” “equity education,” and “inclusion” but it’s just nice talk and nothing more.
The 2011 TDSB teaching Guide makes it clear: when it comes to the LGBTQ issues teachers can pretty much do what they want. They do not have to inform parents. The document was released for Ontario but the policy direction has gone across the nation. In 2015, both Ontario’s premier and the minister of education told parents that they could withdraw their children if any topic in the sex curriculum contradicted their beliefs. This has turned out to be a complete lie. Ontarians are learning that homosexuality and gender identity trump Christian values and beliefs. One Hamilton father Steve Tourloukis has been in court five years fighting the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board for the right to withdraw his children from class lessons that oppose his Christian faith. But how many parents can make the sacrifice and take the time to raise private funds to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees, unlike the government and school boards that have almost unlimited access to taxpayers’ money, to try and fight back?
If Canadian families want parental rights to be respected, they have to become aware of what is happening and be prepared to make educators and politicians accountable for their actions. This includes political involvement by not supporting any party candidate or trustee that isn’t committed to defending parental rights. The situation will only improve if parents get seriously involved. Otherwise children are becoming the total property of the state.