Some parents want Ontario premier to withdraw new curriculum

A group of parents opposed to Ontario’s new sex-ed curriculum met privately with the province’s premier today demanding she withdraw the policy.

TORONTO — A group of parents opposed to Ontario’s new sex-ed curriculum met privately with the province’s premier today demanding she withdraw the policy.

But Premier Kathleen Wynne says that will not happen and the new curriculum will take effect in September as planned.

Earlier this month, thousands of people gathered on the lawns of the Ontario legislature to protest the new curriculum.

Some complained that the curriculum was not age appropriate, while others insisted children should not be taught about same-sex relationships and different gender identities.

Wynne, who is openly gay, has said she believes some of the opposition is motivated by homophobia. The province’s education minister has accused Conservative groups of fuelling the uproar.

After today’s meeting with six people from different groups, the premier said she will clarify how parents can withdraw their kids from class when the curriculum is being taught, adding she hopes that will help resolve the situation.

A Facebook group is encouraging parents who oppose the new curriculum to keep their kids home next week in protest.

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