School boards will be given resources to teach the old sex-ed curriculum the province expects them to use this fall, says Education Minister Lisa Thompson.
Created in 1998, and in use until 2014, the outdated curriculum is to be reintroduced to schools in September as the government holds public consultations. During the electioncampaign, the Progressive Conservatives promised to consult with Ontarians about the sex-ed curriculum.
However, the province has faced mounting criticism from at least 25 school boards — as well as educators and health organizations — who have said the lessons aren’t appropriate two decades later, and don’t mention same-sex families, gender, consent issues or cyberbullying.
“I’m very confident that when teachers return to the classroom this fall, they are going to be using the curriculum that they last used in 2014,” Thompson told reporters Thursday. “We’ll be working with the school boards to ensure they have the curriculum materials that they require.”
One northern Ontario board director has said he doesn’t expect his teachers to revert to the old curriculum without a clear directive from the province — boards have received no information to date on the government’s plans — plus resources and funding to provide professional development for teachers unfamiliar with the older materials.