Canada Health-care professionals speak out against changing Ontario’s sex-ed curriculum

02:25  08 august  2018
02:25  08 august  2018 Source:   thestar.com

Families to launch human rights case over outdated sex-ed curriculum

  Families to launch human rights case over outdated sex-ed curriculum At least six Ontario families are launching a human rights case over the province’s plan to use an outdated sex-ed curriculum, saying it will harm their children — the first legal challenge amid a growing backlash over reviving the two-decade-old lessons and the impact on LGBTQ youth. While the main applicant is an 11-year-old trans youth from rural Ontario, a number of families from Guelph, Toronto, Sudbury and other cities will support the case with evidence of how the new curriculum — which the Ford government said it will suspend this fall — helped support their elementary school children.All of the kids involved in the case are younger than 13.

Sexual health advocates gathered Friday to speak out against the Ontario PC government’ s decision to repeal the current sex - ed curriculum . NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, who joined other advocates at The 519 on Church Street, said the move is a huge step backwards.

" Sex Education Curriculum " redirects here. For other uses, see Sex Ed . Sexuality education is referred to as Education for Family Life in Hungary in which a staff of teachers and health care professionals focus on a curriculum that addresses the human body, drinking, smoking, drugs, and

a woman in a red shirt talking on a cell phone: Ontario's Education Minister Lisa Thompson, seen here during question period at the Ontario Legislature on Aug. 2, 2018, has said the province will work with school boards to ensure they have the sex-ed curriculum they need.© Chris Young Ontario's Education Minister Lisa Thompson, seen here during question period at the Ontario Legislature on Aug. 2, 2018, has said the province will work with school boards to ensure they have the sex-ed curriculum they need.

Nearly 1,800 health-care professionals are adding their voices to those urging the provincial government to keep the updated sex-ed curriculum.

A letter of concern and a petition were delivered to Queen’s Park on Tuesday, saying the old curriculum — which was used starting in 1998 — is unsafe for kids. It was signed by doctors, nurses, midwives, social workers and medical students, among others in the health field.

More Ontario school boards join sex-ed curriculum protest

  More Ontario school boards join sex-ed curriculum protest Twenty school boards have now spoken out about the province reverting back to a two-decade-old sex-ed curriculum — some raising concerns that by avoiding talk of gender or same-sex families boards could find themselves in violation of human rights legislation. Boards are now appealing to the education ministry for clarity on what educators are to teach this fall, given the confusing messages from key government ministers. The old sex-edTwenty school boards have now spoken out about the province reverting back to a two-decade-old sex-ed curriculum — some raising concerns that by avoiding talk of gender or same-sex families boards could find themselves in violation of human rights legislation.

Ontario Turns Back Time To 1998 With Sex - Ed Curriculum Change . At a press conference earlier in the day, Guelph-based family physician Dr. Andrea Chittle, representing the health - care workers who signed the petition, said it is "imperative" that Ontario kids learn about consent, inclusivity and safety

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However, Education Minister Lisa Thompson told reporters she expects teachers to revert to the previous curriculum while the government holds public consultations.

The old curriculum was taught until 2014 but because it is two decades out of date, it does not include a number of current issues including cyber-bullying or talk of same-sex families or consent.

We invite everyone to participate in our consultation that we’ll be kicking off later this fall, and so while I appreciate them coming forward and exercising their voices (Tuesday), I really want to engage them, again, in the proper consultation that we promised we would do,” Thompson said at Queen’s Park, adding “it’s about respecting parents.”

Some 27 public school boards have now also issued statements on the province’s decision to revert back to the old lessons, with some saying they will teach equity and inclusion regardless. One board in northern Ontario has said that without proper resources — it no longer has the old curriculum — as well as funding to train teachers, it won’t use the outdated curriculum.

Rolling back sex-ed curriculum ‘irresponsible, reckless,’ teachers’ union president says

  Rolling back sex-ed curriculum ‘irresponsible, reckless,’ teachers’ union president says The union representing the province’s public elementary school teachers is denouncing the province’s plans to scrap the current sex-ed curriculum, saying reverting to the 1998 lesson plan is “irresponsible, discriminatory and jeopardizes the safety of the students.” At the annual meeting of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, members were told Monday to exercise their professional judgment when it comes to teaching all sections of the current curriculum, which was introduced in 2015.

Without a comprehensive sex - ed curriculum , Ontario will have to confront what could become a serious health and safety issue. If the new curriculum does not teach young kids how to identify their bodies, they will not have the words or concepts to protect themselves against abuse.

The Ontario election campaign hasn't begun officially, but it' s already in full swing with leadership candidates holding town halls and speaking tours. And one of the issues galvanizing Progressive Conservative voters has been the provincial sex ed curriculum .

Meanwhile, some teachers have signed an online petition saying that this fall they will be “teaching best practices in health and physical education ... (and) applying the principles of equity and inclusion to uphold the human rights and dignity of all our students.”

It also says they will be “insisting that the buildings our students learn in be safe and healthy. We will not be bullied by any governments’ attempts to roll back life-saving advances in curriculum or cutbacks to crucial education funding.”

However, at least one unit of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association is warning that educators who “take a pledge to continue to teach the right thing in spite of the Ontario government’s latest announcements” could face discipline.

Thompson has been asked repeatedly about the consequences for teachers who don’t follow government order, but will only say she is “confident” teachers will use the previous curriculum.

We can no longer afford to whitewash our history

  We can no longer afford to whitewash our history <p>As a newcomer to Canada, my culture was not reflected in the curriculum. As immigrants, we weren’t regarded as equals in the circles of the “Canadian’ kids” — you know, the ones whose ancestors founded and built the country.</p>The first Indigenous person I met was in university. She lived in my residence and was quite open to sharing stories about her life on the East Coast reserve where her family lived. I still think about those conversations because it was my first introduction into Indigenous culture.

Fierce debate raged around Ontario ' s sex ed curriculum . I respect the right of these parents to make their views known and to pull their kids out of school when sexual health curriculum is discussed in class.

On Monday, Ontario released a new 2015 Health and Physical Education Curriculum — the first Playing Steel Pan Has Changed My Life And Opened Up My Musical World. Sex Ed Failed To Give Following Monday' s release, some were quick point out significant changes for students in Grade 1

But NDP Education Critic Peggy Sattler said many educators are worried that by teaching the outdated lessons they will actually be violating “their professional obligation to protect the health and well-being of students,” and that the Canadian Civil Liberties Association says schools boards are required to be inclusive.

Kristin Rushowy is a Toronto-based reporter covering Ontario politics. Follow her on Twitter: @krushowy

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