Walking out to get education back in
CHS students stage protest regression of sex-ed curriculum
By Melodie Romanovich
September 21st, 2018, is what all the talk was about. Everyone was anticipating Friday- the walkout. Canterbury is known for being a very open and an accepting school. Even though the provincial government's changes to the sex-ed curriculum didn't apply to high schools, hundreds of students at Canterbury walked out of class to voice their opposition.
Canterbury had a very successful and proud protest about NOT wanting the curriculum to change. Students congregated and marched in the park in front of the school's front entrance. The protesters were as energetic as they were creative, chanting memorable protest slogans including “More Love, less hate, don't go back to 98!” as they held up equally creative and poignant protest signs.
Students voluntarily gave speeches. One of the speakers said something especially intriguing, suggesting the greater scope of this cause. What this student said was: “We are not just children, we are the future of this world."
Several of Canterbury's students can relate and have a personal connections to the subject of identity and attraction, arguing that we cannot change who we are and who we love.
Some of the students talked about how it was hard enough to find their place and accept themselves with the sex education as is. Now that the government is changing it to the 1998 curriculum, these students fear that future generations of children will have more of a difficult time finding themselves and understanding what’s going on.
It begs the question: how are we supposed to grow as a society? How are we supposed to teach our future children, if we don't know ourselves? Many believe that this is why we need to keep developing the curriculum, because no matter how much we try to stay consistent, the world changes and we as a society need to be more accepting.
On Sept. 21st, Canterbury High School once again showed its strength, acceptance, and support for something much bigger than just our school. The students continue to show good examples and energy for future generations, empowering them to do more.
We are not just children, we are the future of this world."