Friday, April 23, 2010

Cowardly Captain

While Gordon Campbell, our Monumental Premier, likes to think of himself as the Treaty and Land Claims Premier, Ontario's Dalton McGuinty has fashioned himself as the "Education Premier."

Not so fast there, Bunky.

Now, he may be known henceforth as Mr. Back Down or the Big Switch.

Or just plain Wishy Washy Guy.

Yesterday, we spoke in this space about plans for more sex education in Ontario schools.

In fact, sex ed has been around for a donkey's age and the new plan was just a re-working of things and it had been trotted out and dissected for two years before its current version.

But, as we discussed yesterday, fundamentalist religionistas hit the bricks swinging.

How dare you talk to our kids about these dirty birds and bees? Leave it to us parents to screw them up.

And response to this minority of cave dwellers and wagon pullers, the good Premier has reversed his position and pulled the program.

What a dork.

Canada is a puritanical country.

Not as much as God, Guns & Glory America, of course. Nobody on earth is as uptight about nature as yer Yanquis.

But we are holding our own, so to speak.
We are so bad at making babies that we have to import entire civilizations to give the census takers something to do.

Let's hear it for Dalton McGuinty, a man so afraid of his own shadow that he overrides his own education ministry and thousands of people who have slaved over a process and a program that he knows damn little about because a TV evangelist goes postal on him.

Man up, Sugar Plum.

Being intimidated by a handful of wacko "believers" is not leadership.


Leah said...

Time to put on your big boy pants now Dalton - that's what leaders do.

Anonymous said...

I am so glad that my kids have all finished school. I dont know if I am pro or anti sex ed but I do know that my faith in most government run systems is very low.

Our educators have decided that kids should not be allowed to fail as it harms self esteem. I guess an employer can use that lodgic.
Then they mix kids into classes where their special needs tend to take extra time to deal with. Maybe a good idea with a teacher and an aid. No aid and teachers are overworked.
Over crowded class rooms. Declining enrollment.Closing schools. Loosing all kinds of programs. 18 million short.

I think that weve got a lot of problems to deal with before we fine tune a sex ed class.


Judie said...

I must say that if my kids were in school these days I'd be on the side of the "fundamentalist religious" groups, even though I'm not part of their religion.

IMO it's the parents' choice what and how they teach their children. And when.


Anonymous said...

He even looks, (physically) like a coward . . . and wishy washy, yuchhh!