HEADLINE: Ontario government announces return to 1998
sex education curriculum in schools.
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I’m a thirteen-year-old girl, just finishing grade eight. I like to send pictures of myself to friends, sometimes without clothes on. My friends say they like them. But now I think I’m in trouble.
I’m a fifteen-year-old boy in grade ten. At night in my room, I look at porn sites I find online. Sometimes, I pretend I’m one of the guys fooling around with those girls and I do what they’re doing. Nobody knows and it feels great.
FACT: The 1998 sex education curriculum is notably silent on such topics as sexting, masturbation, and online pornography.
I’m a thirteen-year-old girl and I have a boyfriend who wants to make out with me. He says if I don’t wheel with him, he’ll find somebody else, so that’s what we do. It would suck to be alone.
I’m a fifteen-year-old boy and I wish I was dead. Everybody hates me. They call me names and say awful things about me online.
FACT: The current sex education curriculum, which is being scrapped, begins to discuss strategies to deal with peer pressure and bullying as early as grade two.
I’m a thirteen-year-old girl and I nearly freaked when I started bleeding down there the first time. I thought I was dying. One of my friends told me get used to it, it’s going to be there for the rest of my life. I can’t believe it!
I’m a fifteen-year-old boy with pimples all over my face, and people tell me I stink all the time. And I don’t have any hair on my legs like my friends do.
FACT: The 1998 sex education curriculum is notably silent on such topics as menstruation, the physical changes associated with puberty, and the reproductive system.
I’m a thirteen-year-old girl with a friend whose parents let her drink at home. When they’re not there, we raid their booze and have a party. My friend adds water to the bottles so nobody knows.
I’m a fifteen-year-old boy and I can’t wait for the weekend when me and my friends get high. We know a guy who gets weed for us easy-peasy.
FACT: The current sex education curriculum, which is being scrapped, begins to deal with substance abuse and healthy living as early as grade one.
I’m a thirteen-year-old girl and I don’t like boys. Some of my girlfriends feel the same way, so kids call us lesbos or dykes. What’s that about?
I’m a fifteen-year-old boy and I can’t stand queers. Me and my friends laugh at them, call them names, post pictures of them online. It’s hilarious.
FACT: The 1998 sex education curriculum is notably silent on such topics as gender identity, sexual orientation, stereotypes and assumptions, and understanding of self.
I’m a thirteen-year-old girl and I think I’m in big trouble. I can’t tell my boyfriend, and for sure not my parents, but I think I have an infection or something in my privates.
I’m a fifteen-year-old boy and all the guys are making fun of me ‘cause I haven’t done it yet with a girl.
FACT: The current sex education curriculum, which is being scrapped, begins to discuss sexual health, sexually-transmitted infections, pregnancy prevention, and delaying sexual activity in grade seven.
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The 1998 sex education curriculum was developed twenty years ago for a previous generation of students. It is so outdated that, in all its verbiage, there is but one single mention of the internet. Its defenders appear to believe that all the information young people will need to grow into well-adjusted, healthy, well-informed adults will be imparted to them by their parents.
If only every child had parents informed enough and willing to doing so.
The current sex education curriculum, which is being scrapped, may not be perfect, but it is far and away superior to what we had before. But don’t take my word for it; you can examine an overview of it at this safe link—
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Although well beyond the age of having children of my own in our public school system, I am alarmed by what our recently-elected government in Ontario is doing to future generations with this misguided step into the past.
I always thought it was the truth that would make us free.
Well said. The reality for children today is dramatically different than 20 years ago. The ostrich with the head in the sand comes to mind
Great analogy! Problem is, the ostrich represents the government ideologues who won’t be harmed by their head-in-the-sand posture, and who will be long-gone before the ramifications of their ideology are manifested in the kids in school now.
Thanks for your comment.