Are props due to McGuinty? I hate to do it, but this does sounds like a very positive move forward.
Premier Dalton McGuinty is defending the province's new sex education curriculum against accusations from "family values" groups that it exposes young children to inappropriate material.
Dr. Charles McVety, president of Canada Christian College, said Ontario's revamped sex education curriculum will teach 11-year-olds about oral and anal sex and eight-year-olds about sexual orientation and identity.
"Little eight-year-olds, they're going to be taught they look one way on the outside but they may be the opposite on the inside," McVety said. "This is so confusing to an eight-year-old ... these are children in the strongest sense of the word -- they're innocent, they're clean, they're beautiful -- and to corrupt them by imparting a question of gender identity is beyond the pale."
Children in Grade 1 will be taught to identify male and female genitalia, where the previous curriculum referred only generally to body parts.
In Grade 3, students will learn about differences -- visible and invisible -- between people, such as learning abilities, gender identity and sexual orientation.
This curriculum introduces possible "teacher prompts" that, although not mandatory, suggest how instructors can address issues such as same-sex parents and masturbation. The ministry said the inclusion of same-sex families reflects a commitment to equity and inclusive education.