Thursday, 5 February 2015

A couple of rants... sex-ed curriculum and vaccine fearmongering

In the 60's it was 20-something doing sit-ins. Now kids in gr. 8 are smartly having a say.
We haven't reformed sex-ed in years. The curriculum doesn't include the type of reality young kids face. Whether they believe it or not, the fundamentalist right needs to back off and help teacher help their students.

I have met the type of people who object to teaching girls and giving them the language and the power to say 'no.' They are the same ones who made my principal stop letting me teach about meditation. Let's move into the new millennium. Kids need to know the ramifications of sexting, and other new issues.
As Ontario plans an update of its outdated sexual-education curriculum, a pair of...

     What an absolute nutbar. A university professor...
On Storify, an online tool that can store tweets on a similar subject in one thread, students have posted slides allegedly from Torcolacci’s class that say “2x as many kids have chronic brain and immune system dysfunction today than in the 1970s when half as many vaccines given.” 
Another slide encourages students to use garlic to prevent communicable diseases and that antibacterial soaps are harmful.

A Queen’s University adjunct professor’s course that preaches against vaccinations is causing an uproar in the university community and on social media.

Common measles complications 

  1. Measles | Complications | CDC
    Nov 3, 2014 - Measles and Rubella Initiative · World Health Organization ... brain) that can lead to convulsions and can leave the child deaf or mentally disabled. ...  

  •  Ear infections occur in about one out of every 10 children with measles and can result in permanent hearing loss. 
  • Diarrhea is reported in less than one out of 10 people with measles. 
  • As many as one out of every 20 children with measles gets pneumonia, the most common cause of death from measles in young children. 
  • About one child out of every 1,000 who get measles will develop encephalitis (swelling of the brain) that can lead to convulsions and can leave the child deaf or mentally disabled. 
  • For every 1,000 children who get measles, one or two will die from it.

This is what her classroom slides look like from :


Olga Hebert said...


Red said...

These kids are telling us the right thing to do. One of the toughest times I ever had was meeting with parents who were against teaching about contraceptives. They were mean and nasty.

William Kendall said...

The fundamentalist right needs to get their head out of the sand... or other places that don't shine.

As for this professor... that's a face palm exercise in stupidity right there.