The Ontario government has decided to update the sex-ed cirriculum legislation. The legislation aims to provide a holistic view of sexuality rather than just a biological background. Sex-ed education will begin at a much younger age, as young as first graders.
Some individuals are arguing this is far too young while others believe it is important to empower children to speak out against possible cases of sexual abuse which can only be accomplished if children know that something is wrong.
Some individuals argue that sensitive topics such as sex should only be discussed at home and taught by parents. Conversely, other individuals are concerned that not everyone will get the same education if sex-ed is taught at home, especially in conservative families where such topics are taboo.
The legislation will address physical, emotional, mental, biological and social aspects of sexuality. The legislation addresses issues of sexting and cyber-bullying which have arisen since the drafting of the 1998 legislation. Topics such as anal sex, consent and masturbation will also be discussed in the course but questions will be answered at the discretion of the teachers. If educators feel the question addresses a topic that the youth should know about then they will proceed answering the question and can use their discretion when answering the question. Unlike the 1998 legislation, this legislation will also discuss same-sex relationships; the goal is to include a spectrum of families and relationships rather than just focusing on heterosexual relationships.
The curriculum will look something like this:
Grade 1- students will be taught the appropriate names for their genitals and inappropriate touching
Grade 3 – will introduce discussions about same sex relationships
Grade 4 – children will learn about online safety, puberty and reproduction
Grade 6 – will cover masturbation, consent and healthy relationships
Grade 7 – will discuss the implications of sexting, preventing STI’s/STD’s, oral and anal sex
Grade 9 – will discuss components of mental health
Below are links to the elementary, middle and high-school revised curriculums.
Grades 1-8 http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/curriculum/elementary/health1to8.pdf
Grade 9-12 http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/curriculum/secondary/health9to12.pdf
How do you feel about the new sex-ed curriculum?
Do you think sex-ed should be taught at home or in school? Is grade 1 to early to talk about sexuality?
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