[ View the story "Grading Ontario’s sex education reform" on Storify] Grading Ontario’s sex education reform Parents debate how far schools should go in teaching kids the facts of life.
The Stream· Tue, Mar 03 2015 17:58:14
sexual education curriculum
has sparked controversy in Ontario, Canada. Premier Kathleen Wynne introduced new guidelines to overhaul the 17-year-old curriculum, one of the oldest in the country. The curriculum was initially revised in 2010, but after a group of religious and conservative
, the decision was quickly reversed.
Protest against the New Sex Education Curriculum in OntarioMiroslav Marinov
The revised curriculum will be introduced in schools beginning in September. Proponents say it will be the
sexual education in Canada. Guidelines include addressing matters of gender identity, sexual orientation, sexual assault and consent. Many
the curriculum is innovative in tackling matters of sexual online communication; including "sexting" and cyber bullying. Issues of mental health will also be addressed.
Gay Sex Educationdavidoutt
@AJStream In my country it's neither the teacher nor parent's thing, it's more like internet..Deema
say parents should be the ones to teach these issues, not teachers. Over the past few weeks, parents have
in Ontario's Queen's Park, arguing the material is not age appropriate. Additionally, parents say exposing children to topics like consent, homosexuality and same-sex marriage is not sensitive to culture and religion.
Protest to Stop or Revise SEX ED curriculum in Ontario(Canada) February 24, 2015E86vymo6oeE-XZOJ15OdUQ
A recent poll
most critics are Evangelical Christians, however Sikhs, Muslims and non-religious groups have also
out against the new curriculum. Many are concerned about topics that they deem too graphic for students. While 4,000 Ontario parents participated in an
about the new curriculum, some parents contend that number is small, considering Ontario is a province of millions.
@AJStream Sex educators have no qualms shocking your tender children with inappropriate graphics. good parents know the appropriate time.dèjà
@AJStream Hysteria has already begun by religious folks who think everything is being taught all at once to 8 year olds.Smiles
Many in The Stream's online community shared their opinions. Some say sex education should come from teachers:
@AJStream it would be best if it came from teachers. In that case much of the stigma would be put aside and learning would be more efficientMo
sex ed shd be taught in school. It should include anti-violence education & encourage peer support for safe nonviolent practicesMatt Wade
Others believe parents should be responsible for discussing sex with their children:
@raisazaidi should your school potty train your child to? or should that be a parents responsibility?Aaron Beaudry
@AJStream By parents especially if one views sex education in terms of the moral content and not just to reduce unwanted pregnanciesdèjà
Some believe both parents and teachers should play a role in discussing these issues with children:
@AJStream both if combined can keep the child on track and guide well, since all are stakeholders in the communitytwsgy™
@AJStream Both. Different perspectives but same goal. The teachings of a teacher will & should complement what the child heard from home.Inimfon Etuk
One community member argued people will adjust in time:
@raisazaidi I think people are scared. Once it's been in place for a few years, I believe the curriculum will be considered the norm.Alicia Hendley