I shot a bunch of people. For their LinkedIn profiles. Here are a few of the results.
“Let’s stop fixating on bathrooms and start dealing with the real issues.”
Assumptions are powerful.
When we accept an assumption as true, then we easily buy into the conclusion.
But what if the assumption is wrong?
Here is an assumption to consider: Bill 10 and the sexual orientation and gender identity policies being implemented in schools across Alberta are all about protection of a very vulnerable population. They’re about human rights, equality, protection, inclusion and respect for diversity.
Laudable goals, indeed.
If we accept this assumption as true then it is easy to buy into the conclusion – the conclusion that any dissenting voices are against inclusion, respecting diversity, LGBTQ, equality, etc. and that those people should justifiably be labeled.
But what if that fundamental assumption is flawed?
What if it’s not about all those things, but about something else entirely?
I’m going to suggest it is about something else. Because as a teacher, a parent, a citizen and a reasonable, rational…
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“Your recent change in policy of who you allow to use each restroom concerns me.”
Were they asking for all they experienced, as some Marcos apologists accuse? No, they did not. What they did do, however, was speak out against what they saw as cruelty and injustice.
Source: Ang Kwento ni Andoy
“Every well thinking adult must be vigilant and must stand as a gatekeeper to our children’s development.”
For far too long we have allowed one perspective to dominate the discussion of gender identity and sexual orientation policies and legislation in our schools.
We continue to be told by our elected officials and through the media that these policies will save lives and protect our most vulnerable youth.
But please consider the bigger picture for a moment.
We know from watching many other places in the world that there is a strikingly methodical and predictable pattern: legislation and school policies implemented under the claims of “protection”, “inclusion”, “equal rights” and “anti-bullying”, and then the introduction of comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) resources into classrooms.
We have seen it play out in Ontario, across the United States, in Australia, across Europe and elsewhere.
Why such an aggressive campaign locally, nationally and internationally to legislate a removal of parental involvement in our schools, followed by imposing specific sexuality materials onto children, even…
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Thank you to the thousands of people who joined together to help strengthen our collective voice, for both the #protectABkids Twitter Campaign, as well as the “Open Letter to Minister Eggen” Facebook event. Unfortunately, this issue is far from over.
There have to be culprits in a reactive society where things aren’t going well, and the culprit can never be “me.”