She oversaw the reforms as education minister in 2010, but they were shelved by then-premier Dalton Mc Guinty for political reasons.
A new sex-education curriculum, to be revealed Monday, will be the talk — and the teaching — in our schools starting this September. Five years after capitulating to a contrived outcry from political and social conservatives, the Liberal government is finally modernizing our embarrassingly outdated sex-ed curriculum.
No, it’s not dirty talk — just straight talk on sex, sexting, body parts, consent, mental health, and other life (or life-saving) skills for girls and boys.
While opponents fulminate about the mere mention of body parts, body language plays an expanded role in the curriculum, as students learn to read signals while vocalizing their feelings.And assumes that kids would cheerfully absorb parental lectures on the perils of oral sex (or that teenagers heed their parents about anything).Some of the more opportunistic politicians from the Official Opposition say they support sex-ed, they just want more parental involvement — or as leadership candidate Monte Mc Naughton argues, while boasting of his credentials as the father of an 18-month-old — parents should “be at the table.” Apparently it’s not enough that the government consulted hundreds of experts, educators, and religious bodies, reached out to parents from the more than 4,000 elementary schools across Ontario, have massive support from teachers and their unions in all school boards, and that public opinion polls show more than 9 in 10 parents are broadly supportive.Here’s a shocker for people who assume the worst about sex-ed: Grade 7 students will be taught about “delaying sexual activity,” notably “choosing to abstain from any genital contact; choosing to abstain from having vaginal or anal intercourse; choosing to abstain from having oral-genital contact …the reasons for not engaging in sexual activity; the concept of consent and how consent is communicated.”Here’s a prompt for Grade 7 teachers dealing with 12- and 13-year-olds if the issue arises in the classroom: “Engaging in sexual activities like oral sex, vaginal intercourse, and anal intercourse means that you can be infected with an STI.”Is all that best left unsaid, in hopes of leaving well enough alone?