Ontario's New Sex-Ed Curriculum
The new sex education curriculum in Ontario has a lot of people up in arms. Each to his own, I say, but personally I also say the more sex ed the better. Bring it, teachers. Let’s see you explain trans gender issues, and transitioning, and the relationship between sexual identity and orientation. Maybe not to six year olds, but to kids who are old enough to wonder. God knows I can’t. I thought Fallopian tubes were the things that tampons came packaged in.
We have always had a fairly matter of fact attitude towards sex. There were never any formal talks, and the kids kind of grew up knowing the basics, and I guess they figured out the rest, as they both have girlfriends. Same sex couples and parents are common in our lives and neighbourhood, so that’s not a big deal either. Although I do recall a conversation I had with Ronan when he was about 6 as we drove home from school:
RO: You know Jordan and Kevin? (Twin boys in his class)
ME: Yes, of course.
RO: The have two moms.
ME: Yes. I know them. Carol and Susan.
RO: Where’s their dad?
ME: I don’t know. He doesn’t live with them, I guess.
RO: There’s another girl in my class. Amelia. She has two moms too.
RO: Yes, and she has a dad too. And they all live together.
RO: Yup. Lucky Amelia.
ME: Lucky Amelia’s dad.