Sex Ed Curriculum
Ontarians need a science-based sexual education curriculum
In June of 2018, Ontario elected their new premier, Doug Ford. He quickly completed his campaign promise of gutting the sex education curriculum. The new sex education curriculum has taken out the many progressive elements that the previous administration included. Some of the big topics that were taken out include gender identities and sexual orientation, First Nations, Metis, and Inuit teachings, what is consent and how to apply it to your life, online dangers and predators, and the understanding that masturbation is not harmful and is something that people may do and find pleasurable. A misinformation campaign was distributed throughout religious and conservative communities warning people that teachers were informing their students on how to masturbate, teaching students in kindergarten about their sexual organs, and indoctrinating students with a pro-gay or pro-trans agenda. Unfortunately, all of this misinformation led to the curriculum being stripped of its valuable updated content and students are no longer learning the information that is relevant to their lives.
For a break down of the changes from the 2015 curriculum click here.
The full document of the Sex Education curriculum is public and can be read on the Ontario Ministry of Education website with the majority of the sex education portions listed in grades 6,7, and 8.
If you would like Ontario to update its Sex Education curriculum to include information that is up to date and necessary for the development of our youth, please write to your current MPP.