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Catholic school says no to gay rights project

Are gay rights an appropriate topic for a grade six social justice project? Two students at St. George Elementary wanted to do a project on gay rights for a social justice fair. But the school said no. You can hear Hallie's interview with the two students' moms here: http://www.cbc.ca/ottawamorning/episodes/

 

We asked the Ottawa Catholic School Board to respond. They would not do an interview but sent us this statement:

 

The Ottawa Catholic School Board supports the role of parents as the primary educators of their children. Our Family Life curriculum (Fully Alive) covers all topics around personhood, relationships and sexuality and is developed and taught in an age-appropriate manner. The Board ensures that a pastoral approach is used during the learning process. Parents are notified before sexuality topics are taught in class. The principal's decision was made in this context and with the understanding that the project was going to be presented to younger students.‚Äč Our Board's focus on equity and family life programs ensures students are taught within the context of our faith, with a focus on the dignity of personhood.

 

Ted J. Hurley
Chairperson, Board of Trustees
Ottawa Catholic School Board
November 26, 2014

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