October 26, 2017 5:00 am
Updated: October 26, 2017 1:04 pm

Bob Layton Editorial: Heavy handed

Lawyers for Ontario's elementary teachers' union say the government's repeal of a modernized sex-ed curriculum has left educators reluctant to address issues like gender identity, which are no longer a mandatory part of the lesson plan.

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I wonder how it feels to be a Catholic these days.

I am not, although I do split my taxes between the public and separate school board because one of my children attended St. Francis Xavier and I appreciated how they ran their school.

The provincial government does not appreciate what Catholics want to teach in their school when it comes to sexual health programs.

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The premier is making it plain the government will not fund the program as it currently appears.

The Catholic side says what the government wants them to teach is in opposition to faith-based instruction when it comes to things like homosexual relationships.

READ MORE: Not up to Premier Notley to dictate how Catholic schools teach sex education: Jason Kenney

When the next provincial election comes, you may actually want to vote if you want to regain parental rights to know what your children are doing and to give your approval for faith-based teaching in a school of your choice.

Or, if you’re happy with the government upbringing of your children, that’s up to you.

Until 2019, government school funding comes as an iron fist in a velvet glove.

READ MORE: Edmonton Catholic school trustee says gaps in sex-ed classes could be putting students at risk

Or, as they used to say when I was learning to play the bagpipes, “He who pays the piper calls the tune”.

Let me know what you think about faith-based teaching and the government’s involvement in it.

Bob Layton is the news manager of the Corus Edmonton group of radio stations and a commentator for Global News.


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