Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Appalling

This is absolutely disgusting.
A Toronto teacher is back in the classroom after being removed earlier this month when school board officials took issue with a set of posters meant for gay bars and bathhouses.

The Toronto District School Board said Wade Vroom was transferred to “home assignment” after media reports surfaced that he had pinned graphic sex-ed pamphlets on a bulletin board in the back of his Grade 7 and 8 classroom.

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The material — which was in the classroom since October — was produced by AIDS Committee Toronto, with a headline that read “If you like to f—,” followed by tips for safe sex. The poster also included a section on “How to use your head when giving it,” complete with fellatio instructions and a photo of a man’s partially exposed buttocks.
Who thought it was a good idea to let this guy back in the classroom? One couldn't get away with posting a nudie calendar in the lunchroom at a steel mill; the HR department would have the "offender" fired and there's nothing the shop steward could do about it. But to post blowjob instructions (complete with a photo of a man's half-naked ass) in a classroom of 12-14 year old children: that doesn't merit firing, at a minimum? Doesn't it merit criminal charges?

This path can not end well. Prior to World War 2, one was either a child or an adult. There was no in-between. After WW2, that distinction was lost; teenagers inhabit a limbo between childhood and adulthood. The rites of passage from childhood to adulthood have been lost, little by little but inexorably.

The result has been a blurring of the line between child and adult, a sexualization of children and an infantilization of adults. What's next, four year olds wearing falsies?