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6-year-old’s dad irked at school focus: AIDS, prostitutes, genital mutilation, transgender

A Canadian father was alarmed when his first grader brought home a school notice that included the  Toronto District School Board 2011-12 daily planner’s recommendations for “days of significance.”

Such days that the six-year-old’s family should remember, according to the calendar, included  Nov. 19’s Transgender Day of Remembrance, Dec. 1’s World AIDS Day, Dec. 17’s International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, Feb. 7’s International Day of Zero-Tolerance on Female Genital Cutting/Mutilation and Feb. 12’s International Sexual and Reproductive Health Day.

“It’s just bizarre,” said the outraged dad, who took the paper out of his son’s folder before the boy saw it. “He’s six. I want him to enjoy being six.”


“What are those things doing in a young child’s school planner?” asks Joe Warmington, writing for the Toronto Sun newspaper. “This boy’s parents may have to tackle these issues far earlier than they planned.”

“The school only goes to the fifth grade, so they are not going to be able to say it was in there for the older kids either,” said the dad, who Warmington did not identify. “I just don’t get it because the kids in first grade can read.”

Claiming they knew nothing about it, the school board is conducting an investigation. Spokesman Shari Schwartz-Maltz told the Sun that claims about the planner are “not consistent” with school policy. She said the board is contacting the school’s recently retired principal to determine what happened.


“Could it be narrowed down to having been accidentally placed in the planners of one grade school?” asked Warmington. “This dad said he has talked to at least one other parent who has a planner with the same information.”

Oddly enough, despite school officials’ shocked response, the “Days of Significance calendar” is on the school board’s website.

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  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment BARBARA


  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Brian

    Sick , sick , sick. We honor people who are so confused they do not know what gender God made them…or do know and want to change it?
    All thes other sex-oriented “days” on even a High School calendar are inappropriate. Focus should be on learning. All these observances is like the Days of Saints in the Middle Ages or all these Hindu festivals in India.Too much extraneous stuff…no wonder our schools rate so low among nations. Stick with basics (of today, not when geezers like me went).,

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Marie

    This is sick! The minds of the ones that even put this crap on paper has to be sick to do it.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Edna Gagnon

    Most of the comments that have come of this is people who are very angry and are not sticking to the actual problem. When this kind of education is handed out to your children it is given out by people who do not believe it will hurt the kids. Sorry, but since they took out the prayers in our schools even the teachers have become Satan’s cohorts. Bring back what had been doing a good job of correcting people before they started to behave like delinquents. Bring back the Our Father and the Hail Mary’s in all the classes and all would behave including the teachers!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Mo

    How very sad that this is allowed in schools and God isn’t.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Joie

    While I agree that it’s sad and shocking that school officials didn’t realize how inappropriate some of that material was for young kids, I do think that World AIDS Day, at least, could be appropriately used to teach young kids about global health issues and compassion.

  • George B Vieto

    And I thought schools in America are going down the tubes with this bizarre education for kids.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment JJSherman

    Now I see why so many parents are resorting to home schooling their children. These people done lost their minds.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Mary

    They are doing it in the United States too.

    Teaching transgenderism to 5 year olds in California:

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