I’ve read a lot of opinions this week from Christians regarding the new Ontario Sex Education curriculum. The opinions vary from “throw out the whole thing” to “mostly good, a couple not great parts”.
Here are three responsive options parents have that I believe are God-honouring and helpful in your child’s spiritual development.
- Put your kids in Christian Education
I am not a “run to the Christian ghetto” kind of person. My kids are in a Christian school but I still plan to speak with them about the new sex education curriculum’s topics as they enter those grades, and in many cases earlier. With that being said, my wife and I are very happy to have our kids in Christian Education as it reinforces the values we are already instilling in our children’s lives. Our kids love it there, also. It’s been the right fit for our family and maybe it’s the right fit for yours, too!
- Homeschool your kids
A lot of Christian parents are choosing this option for numerous reasons such as new educational models, anti-bullying, and the ability to have direct input in the child’s life. The key to successful homeschooling is keeping on top of the work, and having a good amount of age appropriate social interaction for your child. Like Christian Education, homeschooled kids can become over-insulated in their environment. It’s important to find outlets where kids can be in environments that are not exclusively Christian.
- Keep your kids in Public Education and be intentional about having conversations related to the values taught
Public Education is not bad. Most Christian parents I know who have their kids in Public Education believe it’s important for their kids to live their faith out in the wider culture. For others, they might consider Christian Education, but it’s not financially feasible. If that’s your perspective or your situation, the best thing to do is to have conversations with your kids about the values they are being taught. Pulling your child out of class on sexual education days is not necessarily helpful because they are going to hear it from their friends, secondhand, on the playground. The most effective thing you can do is to talk to your kids about sex. For the most part, the new curriculum does not over extend in the grade-appropriate knowledge of sexuality. If nothing else, the new Ontario Curriculum is a good reminder that we as parents need to be having these conversations with our children. The education system should not be the exclusive voice of values and ethics in our kid’s lives.
At the end of the day, it’s done. The new curriculum is here and I’ll be shocked if it is reversed or changed at this point. A lot of my non-Christian friends have been posting about the loudest and most extreme Christian complaints. Unfortunately, in today’s world only the most polarizing positions get picked up on in the media. Sometimes those loud viewpoints make Christians look outright hateful and stupid. I’m okay with being challenged (“persecuted”) by “the world” for my faith, but I’m not okay with being challenged for my faith when my faith isn’t being represented accurately. We have a right, as Christians in a democratic nation, to advocate for our beliefs. However, we have a government that was elected as a majority to advocate for the majority in the province of Ontario. In other words, the curriculum reflects a lot of the Ontario populous’ liberal beliefs on sexuality. We cannot legislate or veto people’s belief systems just because we disagree strongly and yell loudly. My hope is that we raise up a generation that sees spiritual revival take place in the hearts and minds of the people in this province. Only in that day, and in that context, will we see a redeemed curriculum.
What do you think of the new curriculum? Will you change your kids educational model because of the new curriculum? Post your thoughts below!