Today is a Valentine’s Day that Kathleen Wynne will never forget. The Miss G___ Project is encouraging Ontario residents to contact the current Minister of Education today and politely demand that a Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) program be added to the Ontario Secondary School curriculum.
The Miss G___ Project for Equity in Education has been fighting for three years for a WGS program in Ontario high schools. Kathleen Wynne called the project “the most effective lobby effort the Ministry has seen in recent history,” and, last October, promised that a WGS course would be implemented if the Liberals were re-elected.
“Well, they were,” says the organization, “and nothing’s happening.”
This is particularly dismaying after the release of the “Falconer Report” in January, which reported a high incidence of sexual harassment and homophobia in Toronto schools. This begs the question: why do we only teach students about women’s and gender studies once they reach university? Wouldn’t it make sense to educate them at an age when they are the most vulnerable and impressionable?
“We’re getting a bit tired of sitting around, tapping our fingers and wondering when the phone will ring…so we’ve decided to go tapping on the Ministry’s door instead,” says Miss G___. If you’d like to join the effort, contact Kathleen Wynne’s office at 416-325-2600 or firstname.lastname@example.org today and tell them that you believe in respect toward all people of all genders and all sexual orientations.
Thanks to David Alexander for the tip.