Sex education? No, just lying for Jesus.
Canadian school authority sacks Christian ‘educators’
The Christian-based Pregnancy Care Centre has been filling Edmonton pupils’ heads with all sorts of nonsense and misinformation, including the “fact” that gonorrhea would kill them in within days.
Action was taken after an Edmonton teen and her mother launched a complaint to the Alberta Human Rights Commission.
Kathy Dawson says she attended a class with her daughter Emily and couldn’t believe what she heard.
She said instructors had only negative things to say about contraception and only positive things about abstinence, and they told the kids that gonorrhea would kill them in under three days.
The Edmonton Public School Board says it will now instruct principals to stop using the anti-abortion group to teach sex education in high schools.
Acting superintendent Lorne Parker says parents contacted the board to raise concerns after the Dawsons complained to the Commission.
The complaint says the school district’s use of the Christian-based Pregnancy Care Centre to teach part of a core course infringed on their rights as non-Christians.
Norah Kennedy, Executive Director of the Edmonton Pregnancy Care Centre said her outfit was:
Shocked and upset.
Kennedy says her group was brought in to teach free of charge and has always been open about its “abstinence-based” teaching.
Parker said that a board review found the group’s workshops followed all guidelines for the sex education portion of CALM — or Career and Life Management, a course required for high school graduation. He insisted:
The information being provided was not of a religious nature and was aligned with the curriculum and scientifically based.
It was left up to principals to decide whether or not they wanted to bring in the group. Parker said guest speakers were brought in to make the subject matter “more engaging” for students, and offer them a “balanced” perspective on a subject.
But starting this fall, schools will have to use different instructors, Parker said.
While Kathy Dawson is happy about that, she says she doesn’t plan to drop her human rights complaint until the school board changes its policy in writing.
She also wants parents to be told about all guest speakers and have the option to opt out.
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