Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Parents Threaten to Pull Kids out of School in Protest of New Sex-Ed Curriculum

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Parents Threaten to Pull Kids out of School in Protest of New Sex-Ed Curriculum

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Parents may 'strike' over sex-ed curriculum

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TORONTO - A group of Ontario parents is threatening to pull their kids out of school this week, in protest of the province's new sex-education curriculum.

A Facebook group called "Parents & Students on strike: one week no school" is encouraging parents who oppose the 2015 sex-ed curriculum to keep their kids at home.

The group also offers a letter template for parents to give to their children's respective schools, which states the curriculum contains "age-inappropriate" content that does not align with the "principles and beliefs" of families.

Toronto District School Board spokeswoman Shari Schwartz-Maltz said it's difficult to determine how many families will participate in the protest, because in some cases parents have downloaded the letters and handed them in ahead of time, but in other cases it's been done verbally "so the numbers are next to impossible to know" until midday on Monday.

"Everybody that's not in school will be marked absent and teaching and learning continues. So if you are not present in class, we're following the same policies we do in any other case," said Schwartz-Maltz. "Children/families are responsible for the work missed."

The templated letter also states that parents believe it is their responsibility to teach these values to their children, in addition to having complete control over when the topic is first introduced.

"We live in a democracy and people are permitted to protest and voice their opinions and this is clearly the way some parents feel is the best way to express their opinions," Schwartz-Maltz said.

"We'll have to see what the numbers are. A lot of people say they're going to do it, we'll see what happens. We're prepared in the sense that all of our people know about it."

Janet McDougald, chair of the Peel District School Board, said she thinks a "fair number" of parents will pull their children out of school for at least the first day of the week in the culturally diverse region. …

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