… sex education?
Well, at least in Ontario.
You couldn’t pick up a newspaper or go online to any news site in Ontario and not read about Premier Ford delivering on one of his election promises and that was to revise the “sex-ed curriculum”. At least, that’s the reference that you see in the news which helps sell advertising. Learning about sexual health is actually part of the Health and Physical Education curriculum. The 2015 revision is still on the Ministry of Education’s website here. A page devoted to sex education can be found here. Deborah Weston had blogged about the controversial 10% and it was featured in a This Week in Ontario Edublogs post here.
As you could imagine, this was big news. A small collection of articles:
- Doug Ford is taking Ontario back to a 1998 sex ed curriculum
- Doug Ford reverting Ontario back to 1998 sex-ed curriculum is ‘dangerous’ for kids, experts say
- Doug Ford just replaced the modern sex-ed curriculum with a 1998 version
In terms of transparency, I tried to find positive articles about this change but was not successful.
I was even tagged in this post from Anthony Perrotta. He sets the time context with dialup internet that was the norm in 1988
So, those who long for the good old days will get their wishes – at least until it can be revised.
I started to reminisce about my own learning in this and two memories came back.
- In Sunday school, when about 12 or 13, the Minister’s wife was our teacher and it was kind of taught. Mostly, I remember learning about this wonderful thing that would happen on my wedding night
- The second memory is from formal education. While we had talked about birds and bees and plants in elementary school, it wasn’t until either Grade 9 or Grade 10 when we actually had a health class and sex education was on the agenda. Our class was all male – all with the level of maturity that comes with that age – and it was clear that our teacher would rather be teaching us basketball than this. Of course, we adolescents didn’t make it easy for him. I don’t remember specific content but I do remember lots of reel to reel movies
That was about it for my memories. My parents had always made us respectful of others but I’m assuming that they left the actual nuts and bolts to either the church or the school.
It’s important to note that the document is not solely about sexual education. There are lots of other things that have happened in our world since then – same sex marriage, sexting, … The articles above nicely identify them as well.
For a Sunday morning, what are your thoughts?
- Do you agree with the rolling back of the curriculum to 1998? If this is successful, what other curriculum will get the same treatment?
- Should schools be the ones to address this topic? Or should parents step up?
- What will a revised 2018 or 2019 Health and Physical Education document look like?
- Are you expecting a rise in sexual problems or intolerance as a result of this move?
- Do the birds and the bees need a formal curriculum?
- What should teachers and Health and Physical Education consultants do with the resources that they’ve collected since 2015?
- Regardless of how you feel about this particular topic, how do you feel about politicians that swiftly move to keep their campaign promises?
Now, you have to have an opinion about this! How about leaving a comment below and share them.
And, don’t forget the good old days.