While there’s little that can be done to stop the curriculum changes planned for the 2015 fall term, we can begin investing our resources into effective, long-term strategies. As we assess the situation, the answers to our most pressing questions are simple.
Question: Why is the school system teaching sex-ed this way?
Answer: Because the Ministry of Education believes that most parents are not teaching it and have given them the authority to teach students as they see fit.
Question: Why are our rights continually being ignored?
Answer: Because we have ignored our responsibility to engage the system.
With rights come responsibility. For the last 3 generations a lot of parents and faith communities have withdrawn from, or have given default authority to, the public education system. In our absence the void has been filled with people who embrace other worldviews and make the time to build relationship and influence in education. If those concerned aren’t prepared to be active participants in the public education system or their kids’ education, then they’ve essentially given up their right to be critical of what others are doing.
Moreover, simply being critical of our schools is not going to lead to long-term improvement of the system. We must move beyond criticism and become assets to our schools. The purpose of this document is to help you understand the situation. If you are concerned and want to become a stronger asset to your school and community, P.E.A.C.E. Ontario has developed a plan of action that is positively impacting schools, children and communities right now!
The 6-step P.E.A.C.E. Process helps parents, churches and faith communities to
- build positive relations with schools
- communicate their needs
- seek accommodation of their values
- disciple their children on sensitive issues so they understand how they apply to them as people of faith in a secular world
If you’d like to learn more or speak with one of our staff, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org today. P.E.A.C.E. is dedicated to the long-term improvement of our educational system in Ontario. If you desire this too, we hope to connect with you and, together, create positive change for our schools and kids.