A group of students takes the test in class
Universities have always been places to expand your horizons.
You can do that at the University of Toronto Sexual Education Centre’s “epic sex club adventure.”
On Monday, U of T students can join their friends at the Oasis Aqua Lounge for “an introduction to the sex club scene in Toronto.”
This is happening in the same city whose largest school board once provided K-12 students with links to websites encouraging them to experiment sexually with vegetables. You shouldn’t be surprised.
Why so much sex education these days and not enough education about everything else? One example comes from Memorial University professor Judith Adler — no relation — who discovered 75% of her students couldn’t identify the continents or even the world’s major oceans, not even the Atlantic Ocean, just off their own coast. That was after she gave up asking them to identify countries.
What else do today’s students just not know? They can write a 20-page paper on The Glass Menagerie and complete an inorganic chemistry exam in one week. But what about the basics?
Let’s start with geography. Why is it important for people to learn how to read maps? They can already discuss Mideast geopolitics like a pro. But you can’t know anything about the needs and capabilities of a country or region without knowing its borders, resources or climate.
The easiest way to get a sense of those things is to look at a map.
Second, home economics. This used to be the exclusive and mandatory territory of female students preparing for married life. Now it’s optional for all students — and they do themselves no favours by opting out. You’re not going to make their dinner or buy their groceries forever, and you’re definitely not going to fix every rip their pants ever get.
Third, financial math. It’s great for some students to ace AP Calculus — we depend on scientists, inventors, engineers and mathematicians as much as anyone else. But every student will need to know how to balance a chequebook — and how to judge if they can really afford that house, that car, that vacation, that month’s rent.
Fourth, spelling and grammar. Proper mechanics may not matter in a text message or a tweet, but they do matter in the job market. You can tell a prospective employer in a cover letter that you’re detail-oriented, but if you can’t spell “detail-oriented,” they may just throw your application in the garbage.
Fifth, civics. I’m not just talking about which political parties we have and which issues they happen to be discussing this week. I’m talking about the fundamentals of economics, foreign policy, law, government procedure. No one can call themselves an engaged and active citizen without knowing this stuff.
Which brings me to the last item on our list: Reason. How to think critically and argue intelligently, how not to fall for whatever some talking head is telling you without seriously considering it first. Not knowing how to do that is bad for the brain. It turns it to Play-Doh that any idiot can mould.
Parents, go to school boards and demand that your children be taught these things before university. These lessons are more vital to more people than veggie sex and clothing-optional partying will ever be.