As a former director of instruction, curriculum (K to 12) and staff development, I am very aware of the guidelines for implementation of new curriculum in school districts in B.C. However, I went further than just my experience and knowledge on SOGI 123. I spoke to a member of the curriculum department with the Ministry of Education, read all the websites regarding SOGI 123, met with a member of the senior curriculum staff for School District 33, and consulted with an SD33 board of education member.
I know that our Canadian federal government is required to abide by our Human Rights Code of Conduct. SOGI 123, developed by the B.C. Education Ministry, must follow this requirement.
I understand from sources I contacted that SOGI is not a scheduled class on teachers’ timetables. It is an assortment of resources that are available to all teachers, should an individual student, group of students, parents and/or fellow teachers need assistance in helping a student. Counsellors are also there to ensure all students feel welcome in our schools regardless of who they identify as.
I am uncomfortable that various members of our community have become so vehement regarding a thoughtful, well-planned resource for teachers.