Sun News/QMI Poll on Sex Education

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The story from the Toronto Sun on the poll:

Parents demand say in school sex ed: Survey


OTTAWA – Almost half of parents with children at home say mom and dad should have a greater say than “experts” in what kids learn about sex in school, an Abacus Data poll for QMI Agency has found.

A whopping 70% say they want to be notified before kids are taught about sensitive issues, such as specific sexual behaviours or gender identity.

Abacus Data CEO David Coletto said those findings should be especially important to Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty as his Liberal government develops a new sex education curriculum for the province.

“You have to consult beyond the groups you say you’ve consulted and find a way in which you can accommodate those who at least want to know when their children are going to be taught these things, and provide them perhaps with opportunities in which to decide to pull (their kids) out (of a lesson) or not,” Coletto said.

Parent outrage forced McGuinty to back down from his first attempt at a new sex education curriculum in 2010 that many thought was too graphic.

Meantime, a Toronto District School Board curriculum guide encourages kids in all grades to search for images of Toronto’s gay pride parade, teach eight-year-olds about gender identity, and talk about “safe” oral and anal sex with 12-year-olds.

Nationally, a majority of respondents found all three topics somewhat or very inappropriate.

“Those who are opposed to (those topics) hold that view more strongly than those who think (they) are appropriate,” said Coletto said.

He also found those without university degrees were more conservative on sex education.

That strikes Coletto as an “anti-elite backlash.”

Supporters of the federal Conservatives tended to be more conservative on sex education issues, while backers of the Liberals, NDP, Bloc Quebecois and Greens were more liberal.