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.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?
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.
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.
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?