Students in Ontario schools will begin learning the new health and physical education curriculum this school year, a document developed by the Doug Ford government after province-wide consultation with parents and educators. New for students will be a much stronger focus on mental health and well-being, beginning in kindergarten and carried throughout the early years of school. Body image, sex trafficking, sexting, vaping, cannabis, opioid use, homophobia, hazing, concussions, cyber safety and cellphone use are addressed in the new curriculum which is scheduled for public release Wednesday. It will replace the curriculum introduced by the Kathleen Wynne government which raised concerns with some parents about an earlier introduction of sex ed and the handling of sensitive issues like gender identity.
The politics behind Ontario's sex-ed curriculum
Canada: Ontario Reverts to a Sex-Ed Curriculum | Time
Ontario Catholic schools rely on their family life program known as Fully Alive to teach about sexuality. Where it is specified below that certain material comes from an HPE prompt, that means that it comes from a list of HPE prompts reproduced verbatim that teachers may choose to use if they wish. Catholic families may have strong concerns about how moral material that is not Catholic has been adopted in Catholic schools through the ICE resources in two areas: 1 gender ideology and 2 early sexual activity. Grade 6 children learn definitions of homosexuality lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender , homophobia, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.
Ontario Reverts to 1998 Sex-Ed Curriculum in a Win for 'Trump-Like' Premier Doug Ford
Premier Doug Ford has betrayed the parents who elected him, by reinstating Kathleen Wynne's radical sex curriculum, almost word for word. The biased mainstream media so pressured him with an orchestrated, political disinformation campaign, unleashing a barrage of hundreds, perhaps thousands of fake news articles to try making it look like there was widespread support for keeping Kathleen Wynne's age-inappropriate sex curriculum, that he caved. The media's political propaganda campaign succeeded in pressuring the new Ford government to abandon it's promise to parents.
But the reality is that the new curriculum very closely resembles the controversial version scrapped last fall by the then-new Progressive Conservative government. Among other adjustments, the new version makes sexual orientation a mandatory topic in Grade 5, compared with Grade 6 on the previous curriculum. Gender identity is a mandatory topic in Grade 8 now, compared with Grade 6 in the curriculum. The new document also has updates on consent, mental health, bullying, cannabis, vaping and opioids. Concussion and online safety will be first discussed in kindergarten, for example.