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N.B. sex-ed backlash sparks campaign

A story this morning helps confirm my several rants and posts lately about the lack of teaching abstinence in the classroom these days, as the liberals continue to liberalize Canada and push more and more graphic lessons about how to have great sex as a 12-year-old girl. 

Hundreds of parents from across New Brunswick have sent Christmas cards to Premier Bernard Lord with an unusual yuletide message: scrap a controversial sex-ed program for young teens.

A group of mothers from the Fredericton area delivered four gayly wrapped gift boxes to the premier’s office on Tuesday, filled with roughly 700 cards from parents and individuals who are concerned about the province’s new sex education curriculum for grades 6, 7 and 8.


The government also bowed to pressure from parents who complained that websites associated with an instruction manual for the program led to online sites they considered pornographic.

The list of websites has been removed.

The sex-ed curriculum, aimed at children between 11 and 13 years of age, deals frankly with such topics as masturbation, oral sex and sexual pleasure.

Many of the parents who are unhappy about the program say it does not sufficiently stress abstinence.

“It relies heavily on condom usage,” said Wilson.

“Abstinence should be a stated goal in this curriculum.”


Also, concerns were raised about the adequacy of sex-ed programs in Prince Edward Island schools following the trial of a male high school athlete who was given oral sex by 12- and 13-year-old girls.

The trial revealed the girls were part of a group of middle school students who routinely performed oral sex on high school boys, most of them elite athletes.

Sandra Byers, chair of the psychology department at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton and a sex therapist, said incidents like the child oral-sex ring on the Island should set off alarms in schools and homes.

She said kids in grades 6, 7 and 8 are not only talking about sex, they’re starting to experiment.

“We do not have a choice between kids having no information and correct information,” she said in an interview.

“The choice is between them having incorrect information and correct information.”

Contact the Editor: Joel Johannesen
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