Just a recap of where things are right now...
Changes to sex-ed curriculum raise ire of family groups - Parentcentral.ca
McGuinty wants sex ed to start in Grade 3 - Parentcentral.caThe province is rolling out a new physical health and education curriculum starting this fall — the first in 12 years — that is based on healthy living and making good choices.
It includes discussions about relationships and respecting differences — including same-sex couples — in Grade 3. Grade 6 covers the emotional and physical changes of adolescence; teacher discussion points include talking about how wet dreams are natural, and masturbation is something people “find pleasurable.”
In Grade 7, students learn about delaying sexual activity, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and how to prevent them, including abstinence. That could spark discussion about oral sex or anal intercourse and how they too can be risky.
Some conservatives groups who are mounting a campaign to get rid of the sex ed program, which see lessons taught as early as Grade 3, are accusing the government of corrupting young minds with sexually explicit material.
Kids will learn about such topics anyway, whether it’s from their friends or the Internet, said McGuinty.
By making it part of the curriculum, children will get the information in a venue “over which we have some control,” he argued.
“Why wouldn’t we recognize that we live in an information age and why wouldn’t we try to present this information in a thoughtful and responsible and open way?”
No sex info for Grade 3s, Ontario says- Politics - Canoe.ca
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty pulled the plug Thursday on a controversial new sex-education curriculum for elementary school children in Ontario.
Insisting the province was not giving in to demands from religious groups that had vowed a May 10 boycott of schools over the issue, McGuinty said he has heard plenty of criticism about the curriculum during the past 24 hours.
Two years. Two years of careful research all went down the drain last week after a single day of complaints from the social conservatives (who, I'd like to remind you, didn't do two years of research).
The Liberal government here in Ontario spent two years researching and planning a healthy sexual-education curriculum for grades 1-8. They're updating something that hasn't been updated in many years. We're living in a different world today - a world with internet and any kind of porn at your fingertips. So we need to raise awareness in kids about the different sexual lifestyles some people have, in order to reinforce acceptance.
But now it's back to the drawing board because some parents don't like the idea of their kid learning what a penis is in grade 1, or learning about homosexuality in grade 3, or learning about masturbation in grade 6, or learning about STDs and oral sex in grade 7. That whole curriculum is done for now because of protests from religious groups. I'm steamed not just because it didn't go through, but because it's clear I can't trust the Liberal government to get much done in this province if a group of people gets angry.
Personally, I think it would have been a fantastic idea, and in fact may have even prevented high school kids from drawing penises on their lockers (true story).
but because something as natural as human sexuality is so demonised, I guess we'll never know...
Comments? Concerns? Criticisms? Opinions?
In related news, a senior Tehran cleric recently said women dressing immodestly is what caused the recent earthquakes. In retaliation, women around the world held a 24 hour protest on monday in which they all went topless. It was called Boobquake 2010.