By Letter to the Editor on March 31, 2017.
Aren’t political priorities fascinating? Two weeks ago, it came to light that all Alberta students had access to what amounted to pornography in the classrooms. But apparently providing students with the proper way to administer oral sex, best positions for anal sex and the latest toys for kinky sex merited a very muted response from our elected officials. No censure of the support Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services group, that in the name of gay-straight alliances defended the website, no admonishment of the director of this group (who incidentally is a key consultant to Alberta Education), who was openly aware of the offending content, and certainly no media interviews expressing shock and astonishment that such material was available to children with two clicks of a mouse.
This week however, a politician dared to say that parents should be informed when their child joined a GSA group at school. And the political maelstrom that has resulted in the media has been nothing short of amazing. Every party leader has given interviews decrying this breach of ‘intent of the current government’s school regulations’? What is wrong with this picture?
As a former principal, I not only informed, but requested parent signatures to allow students to join the basketball team, the band or any formal school club that was sponsored by the school. This allowed parents to function as full partners and informed participants in THEIR child’s education.
It must be asked: Are the politicians are serving parents or select special interest groups? Which special interests take precedence over the parental right of the Alberta School Act to select the best education for their child? Why is there an attempt to freeze parents out of participation on this particular issue?