TORONTO, May 12 /CNW/ - The Government of Ontario should acknowledge and
ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and transsexual (LGBT) issues
are included in the elementary curriculum, says the Elementary Teachers'
Federation of Ontario (ETFO).
In a letter to Education Minister Kathleen Wynne, ETFO President David
Clegg stressed that the elementary curriculum should recognize the diversity
of families and reflect the life experiences of all children in Ontario
"It is particularly vital for students who are gay and/or whose parents
are gay to see themselves and their experiences reflected in positive ways.
All students need to feel valued and included. All students need positive role
models," said Clegg.
As educators and citizens, teachers want to create an environment that is
safe for growth and development, Clegg said.
"We want to ensure that many perspectives are included to provide us with
an understanding and appreciation for the diversity within our schools and
communities. We want to dispel myths and stereotypes that perpetuate fear."
The issues raised in ETFO's letter to the Education Minister reflect
similar issues highlighted during the May 17 International Day Against
Homophobia, a day set aside to focus on the positive aspects of homosexuality
and celebrate the contributions of lesbians and gays to society.
ETFO has developed and provided classroom resources such as 'We're
Erasing Prejudice for Good' and 'Imagine a World that is Free from Fear', that
demonstrate ways to address diversity and inclusion from Kindergarten to Grade
The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents 73,000
elementary public school teachers and education workers across the province
and is the largest teacher federation in Canada.
For further information:
For further information: David Clegg, President, ETFO, (416) 962-3836
(Office), (416) 948-1592 (Cell); Larry Skory, ETFO Communications, (416)
962-3836 (Office), (416) 948-0195 (Cell)