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Sex Education / Schools TCDSB Equity policy TCDSB amendments already passed

 

Paragraph 2
(Referred to in Director’s response as “Proposed amendment No. 1”)

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The Toronto Catholic District School Board (the “Board”) recognizes that all people are deserving of dignity and are created equal in the image of God, each with inimitable characteristics (Genesis 1:27). In accordance with the Catholic Faith and the Church’s moral teachings, the Board provides an educational environment which supports and embraces diversity within its Catholic community, demonstrates respect for all, and values each child of God.
 
The Toronto Catholic District School Board (the “Board”) recognizes that all people are deserving of dignity and are created equal in the image of God, each with inimitable characteristics (Genesis 1:27). In accordance with the Catholic Faith and the Church’s moral teachings as found in the Catechism and other teachings of the Magisterium, the Board provides an educational environment which supports and embraces diversity within its Catholic community, demonstrates respect for all, and values each as child of God.
 
 

First sentence of Paragraph 3
(Referred to in Director’s response as “Proposed amendment No. 2”

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The Board recognizes that any form of social or cultural discrimination is incompatible with Catholic moral principles.
 
The Board recognizes that social and cultural discrimination is incompatible with Catholic moral principles. 

Note: the wording of this passed amendment is significantly watered down because of opposition to the original language by Administration staff and some trustees. The original amendment read: "The board recognizes that unjust discrimination is incompatible with Catholic moral principles". The latter is language taken from the section of the Catechism dealing with homosexuality.  
 
 
Regulation 6
(Referred to in Director’s response as “Proposed amendment No. 5”

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The Board recognizes the critical connection between Catholic student leadership and improved student achievement and will strive to include the student voice in all aspects of the implementation of a Catholic understanding of equity and inclusive education.
 
The Board recognizes the value of student leadership as it relates to improved student achievement and will strive to include the student voice in the implementation of equity and inclusive education, where that voice is in accord with the Catholic faith and Catholic Church’s teachings.

Note: this final amendment was watered down a little bit, as a compromise to overcome opposition from Administration staff and some trustees. It original read "where that voice is in accord with the Catholic faith the Catholic Church's moral and doctrinal teachings".
 
 
 
Regulation 8
(Referred to in Director’s response as “Proposed amendment No. 7a”

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The Board is committed to implementing an inclusive curriculum based on Catholic values and to reviewing resources, instruction, assessment and evaluation practices in order to identify and address discriminatory biases so that students may maximize their learning potential in such a way that affirms their full identity as children of God.
 
The Board is committed to implementing an inclusive curriculum based on the Catholic faith and the Catholic Church’s teachings and to reviewing resources, instruction, assessment and evaulation practices in order to identify and address discriminatory biases so that students may maximize their learning potential in such a way that affirms their full identity as Children of God.

Note: the original amendment proposed by trustees Del Grand and Kennedy was a bit stronger. It read: "Catholic faith and the Catholic Church's moral and doctrinal teachings". However, Administration staff and some trustees objected to inclusion of the words "moral and doctrinal", so the amendment sponsors compromised to ensure something half-decent passed.