The National Post editorial board is concerned that some Ontario parents are getting ideas above their station with regard to that province’s proposed new sexual-education curriculum. It alleges that the “nearly 8,000” of them that have congregated on Facebook are ignorant and hysterical.
Their concerns about the new curriculum, to be introduced in September, range from legitimate disagreements over values to feverish anxieties caused by outright misinformation. There are indeed some aspects of the new curriculum that won’t go over well with parents trying to raise their children according to traditional or religious teachings. The suggestion that individuals might self-identify as one of six genders—a notion introduced in Grade 8—is one example….
Then there are the supposed components of the curriculum that can’t actually be found in any of the document’s 244 pages. They include the notion that “male and female genders are presented as insufficient,” as purported by certain pamphlets and flyers being circulated by “Save Our Children” parents.
These suggestions, needless to say, are utterly false, and have been confirmed as such by Education Minister Liz Sandals. But that doesn’t seem to matter to some Ontario parents, who have opted to get their information from Facebook posts and pamphlets rather than from the document itself.
Does the editorial board of the National Post read its op-eds before they are published? Do its members know how to read or count? Paragraph 3 accuses the “Save Our Children” parents of having made an “utterly false” suggestion, as detailed in Paragraph 2. Specifically, “the notion that ‘male and female genders are presented as insufficient.’” Paragraph 1 concedes that the new curriculum includes “the suggestion that individuals might self-identify as one of six genders.”
Let’s do the math. Male plus female equals two genders. Positing that six genders are required to express the full complexity of human sexuality does indeed support the contention that the Ontario government has concluded that “Male and female genders are insufficient.” Because six is bigger than two.
So is the editorial board of the National Post stupid or malicious? Soon I may have to reveal some of the things in my file on this revolting newspaper.