Let me get this straight:
Minister of Education David Eggen funds and recommends a resource for vulnerable children who attend Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs). For months that resource included many links directing K-12 children to sexually graphic material, including advertisements for sex toys, graphic images of BDSM and advice to “pay for porn.”
Newly elected leader of the Progressive Conservative party, Jason Kenney, makes the following comments as part of a media interview yesterday :
“parents have a right to know what’s going on with their kids in the schools”
“I don’t think it’s right to keep secrets from parents about challenges their kids are going through”
“the system should start with the presumption that most parents are caring – not with the presumption that they cannot be trusted.”
And what is the Minister of Education’s response today to Jason Kenney’s comments?
“With the comments Jason Kenney has made, he is effectively outing himself… as an extremist.”
So we have an Education Minister who:
– offers no public apology for the fact that his department funded and recommended a website that led children to sexually graphic material
– offers no public assurances that those who recklessly and incompetently organized a website directing K-12 children to sexually graphic material are not still being employed by Alberta Education for teacher training, resources and CURRICULUM re-write
– still has not ensured that all the sexually graphic material has been completely removed from the GSA Network website (I’m watching and waiting to see how long that takes).
And, after all that, now David Eggen has the audacity to say that those who advocate for parental involvement in their children’s lives are “extremist”?
No, Minister Eggen. I’m afraid you have it all wrong.
It’s certainly not Jason Kenney who is being revealed as the extremist.