Ontario to Survey Parents over Elementary Sex Education Program

A recent update from the Ministry of Education has confirmed that Ontario parents will be given a chance to offer their opinion on a new sex education curriculum, which was previously sidelined in 2010 but is now being updated to be introduced in schools in September. According to the officials, approximately 4,000 parents will be made to take an online survey about “trusted sources for health information” as well as when “certain information should be taught in schools.”

The province has alleged that the parents would be inquired if they think puberty and matters of sexual health should be taught before kids and whether parents should be notified when their children will be taking the sex ed curriculum and what will be taught at what grade. According to the province, “as the new curriculum is finalized, the insights and advice provided through this process will be considered along with research and information from earlier consultations and focus groups with students, teachers, parents, faculties of education, universities and colleges, as well as other organizations and stakeholders.”

Education Minister, Liz Sandals, mentioned in a press statement that “students need to have the best information possible so they can make informed decisions about their health and well-being. In our increasingly interconnected world, students often get information from unreliable and inaccurate sources.” She added “that is why an up-to-date, relevant and appropriate health and physical education curriculum is needed now more than ever, and is why we are committed to having one in place for the 2015 school year.”

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