Ottawa’s largest school board is planning on collecting demographic data from all its students, including the sexual orientation and gender identity of children as young as 4-years-old.
Starting November 26, all Ottawa-Carleton District School Board students will be asked for their personal information, including details relating to their race, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity.
Jacqueline Lawrence, the board’s diversity and equity coordinator, said the information will help administrators and teachers better understand the students and their needs.
Speaking to CBC Radio, Lawrence said, “If we don’t understand the specific types of support that students need, then we’ll not be able to fully ensure that they leave with a sense of academic success, as well as a sense of well-being.”
Canadian conservative commentator Faith Goldy said on Twitter, “You’re 3-4 in kindergarten. You’re not thinking about attraction to the opposite sex or same-sex. You’re struggling to pronounce ‘library’ and learning the alphabet.
“These people are demonic,” she added.
The survey will be voluntary and parents can opt-out of having their children participate in the survey if they wish.