April 7, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) — Children across Canada are being asked to wear a pink shirt to school tomorrow on the “Day of Pink” to “celebrate diversity” and end “bullying, discrimination, homophobia, transphobia, and transmisogyny.” While lauding efforts to end bullying in school, one critic is warning parents that the event is not actually about bullying.
“The Day of Pink is simply an excuse to promote homosexuality,” Gwen Landolt, national vice-president of Real Women of Canada, told LifeSiteNews.
School principals in some jurisdictions are telling parents through a letter sent home with their children that the Day of Pink, which happens annually on the second Wednesday in April, will include “discussions surrounding different types of families, identities, gender roles, homophobia and trans-phobia.”
To commemorate the day, classes will “engage in discussion about Day of Pink and what it represents,” one of the letters obtained by LifeSiteNews states. For grades K-3 the day includes “books and activities about different kinds of families, gender roles.” There is no description of the proposed “activities” or “books.” Adding to this list, grade 4-6 students will discuss “healthy relationships, stereotypes, discrimination (including homophobia, sexism).”
Alarmingly, the letter tells parents that conversations may go anywhere, and teachers are allowed to stray outside curriculum expectations.
“At times, conversations may go beyond what is specified in the curriculum when prompted by student questions. We don’t prevent such conversations, as some of the best learning comes from these teachable moments,” the letter states.
The letter attempts to assuage concern by assuring parents that “activities and discussions will be age-and-developmentally appropriate and led by professional and caring staff.” . . . .