TORONTO — Do you find Mother’s Day discriminatory?
Father’s Day exclusionary?
Time to change the name of such holidays to be more sensitive to reflect today’s family units?
Seems the union representing your child’s teacher does.
In a new education campaign, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), which also encourages teachers to look for “teachable moments” to address “homophobia,” is not only raising the question, but raising eyebrows.
Proponents say it’s in keeping with today’s changing family structures.
Critics argue the teachers are “using” the kids in the classroom to “advance” a homosexual agenda.
“Truth and common sense does not matter in this thinly veiled indoctrination program,” said Dr. Charles McVety, president of Canada Christian College. “Our precious, innocent, little children have become the teacher union’s political play toys.”
At the centre of this is the new “Social Justice Begins With Me” program. Found on the ETFO website, it is described as “a brand new ETFO literature-based resource kit for early years to Grade 8.”
The ETFO is not only encouraging teachers to look for new ways of describing such family days but also for them to expose children to written works on lesbian, gay and transgender families.
In a section called “celebrations and traditions,” it states “all families should be honoured and recognized in our classroom.”
And it says Family Day is the time to “celebrate all types of families.”
As for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, it suggests having “a class discussion about important women/men who care for you” and that “alternative names could include Love Day or GAMES Day (Grandmothers, Aunts, Moms, Even Sisters).”
Love Day? GAMES Day?
“We are proud to launch our new ‘welcoming and supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender families’ brochure,” said the site. “LGBT families are the fastest growing type of family structure in Canada.”
It encourages teachers to “make connections to the curriculum so all students feel validated and engaged.”