I’ve been sitting on this topic for a while, the new Sex Ed curriculum (sorry to those who thought this was going in a completely different directon). The evolution of sexuality, the barriers of yesteryear deteriorating. I’ve been asked my opinion on the recent gray areas of social and sexual equalities. Now I’m not sure when or why it happened, but I’m completely numb to many of the uncomfortable scenes on television screens that most can’t watch without peeking through the cracks of their fingers. It could be a number of things; amazing parenting, a born and bred Canadian, or simply one too many episodes of Game of Thrones and Sense 8. I digress, whatever the factors, not much makes me uncomfortable especially when it’s educational.
A few months ago I was sent hyperlinks with a message asking me to vote against the Sex Ed curriculum, one that puts emphasis on identifying physical differences between genders, bullying, etc… To put my response to all of it in one simple word:
It’s been a general consensus that “knowledge is power” for as long as I can remember. Young adults of today are currently stuck in a wedge of two very strong-willed forces. Rights for non-mainstream sexualities, love/lifestyles are becoming increasingly acceptable. Meanwhile, we still don’t have the knowledge on how to properly address someone who does not identify within the lines of social normality.
The other side: our parents, grandparents, and culture engraved in our upbringing; ones our elders won’t soon let us forget. Young adults represent the air between an unstoppable force of change and revolution, and the immovable object of culture, religion, and history. We are simultaneously learning to accept new and ground-breaking lifestyle, while being dragged by the ear in the opposite direction by our older and most respected loved ones.
Enter: children of tomorrow
Post New Sex Ed Curriculum, these children have been correctly educated on the same things we’ve had to read on a Wiki page. From Grades 1-12, these children have learned how to think for themselves when confronted with someone who is different, and not be influenced by their peers, or parents biased to their own upbringing. These are the kids that will educate their parents on the LGBTQ community, and why they are just as equal as anyone else.
If being human is the extraordinary ability to firstly, be consciously aware of the ability to think (we think about thinking!). Secondly, raw emotion; love, hate jealousy, anger, all so potent in the makeup of our consciousness. Although amazing, these are the same emotions that can lead us to be the most passionate animals on earth, or the vile creatures we have the capability of being.
Children of tomorrow, this is what it truly means to be the future. This is another stepping stone into the humanity of tomorrow. It’s hard to believe we once lived in a world that had black humans and white humans drinking from separate water fountains. If there’s one thing we can learn from both, the new generation, and the old – is that humans will continue to fight for their rights; for what they believe in.
This curriculum will help ease an inevitable transition into a broader understanding of just how unique each and every single human is.
I won’t bother mentioning some of the concerns from those who oppose the new curriculum that is not the purpose of this post. However, I will add that children will learn one way or another about everything the world and it’s inhabitants have to offer. Why not learn about this the right way?
Of course, we could just strap them to a chair and let them watch decades of footage of those who spoke out against the social norms in the past.
No matter what your religion, ethnicity, or sex preference, knowledge is invaluable.