TORONTO — Rob Ford says Ontario’s new sexual-education curriculum makes him “absolutely sick.”
The controversial former mayor of Toronto made his comments in an interview with The Rebel, an outlet run by former Sun TV host Ezra Levant. But Ford appears to have some details of the curriculum wrong.
Ford says he’s against the provincial Liberals’ revised sex-ed plan because he has two kids in Grade 2 and Grade 4 who “should not be talking about what anal sex is” or what oral sex entails.
According to the new curriculum, however, kids will be in Grade 7 and 8 before they discuss anal and oral sex, as well as contraception, preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.
Students in Grade 2 will be learning about the stages of development and related body changes, and the concept that “no means no.”
By Grade 3, students will learn about same-sex relationships and children in Grade 4 will learn more about the dangers of online bullying.
Ford — who once made reference to oral sex on live television — says he told his children to walk out of class if they start being taught about anal or oral sex.
“It’s for the parents to teach them about that at the appropriate time. But not at Grade 2 or Grade 4,” he said. “They should be teaching how to read and write, arithmetics.”
Ford’s admitted drug and alcohol abuse and outrageous behaviour earned him international notoriety. He’s currently a city councillor after a cancer diagnosis prompted him to drop his bid for re-election as mayor.