Stop Early Sex Ed for Kids

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My name is Matthew Kur and I am a student currently in grade 7 at Yorkhill Elementary School, in Thornhill, Ontario. I love my school, and going to class everyday allows me to learn and experience new information that will help me develop into an intelligent and kind person.

At the end of January 2015, I read an article about the new sexual education curriculum which will be introduced to Ontario public grade school students beginning in the 2015-2016 year. This new curriculum was originally introduced to public schools in 2010, but was immediately dismissed because of parent outrage. With the program’s re-introduction, children in grades 1, 3, 4, 6, and 7 will be learning age-inappropriate topics such as bodily differences, homosexuality, masturbation, vaginal lubrication, anal sex, oral sex, etc.

As a student who is finishing grade 7, I cannot imagine learning this information and talking about these topics in a public, multi-gender classroom with fellow classmates. In my eyes this information should be discussed privately at home, under the guidance of caring guardians. It is a very intimate discussion that will impact a young person for the rest of their lives.

I understand that parents may not want to discuss these topics at home at the time that the Ontario Ministry of Education suggests, but we are all different. This diversity makes our society strong and flexible. Some children grow more quickly than others, and some are able to understand or are capable of handling this type of information at different ages. These mandatory curriculum forces students to learn about a topic that they may not be ready for. If the student’s guardians do not agree with the curriculum, they might not support these topics at home, and a student would feel conflicted and confused.

This protest is not only for me, this is for the younger students that are not ready to take in this information that may confuse, and, possibly damage, them for the rest of their lives. Sexual education is an intimate topic that should be discussed at an age when students are ready to maturely receive this important information.

Please sign this form to help stop the early integration of sexual education curriculums in public schools. Every voice counts!