Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Sex-ed arguments haven't changed since '60s

The arguments in the fierce debate over Ontario’s new sex-ed curriculum could easily be lifted from headlines in newspapers from the 1960s — when lessons about sex were first introduced in classrooms, an education historian says.

Assistant professor Theodore Christou, of Queen’s University, said there’s not much new in positions presented by proponents and opponents of the Liberal’s controversial changes to the sex-ed curriculum.

“The arguments are all old,” Christou said Tuesday. “The people saying them think they’re quite new.

“Educational reformers say the curriculum is obsolete, the times have changed, contemporary reality is not reflected in the curriculum.

“In the 60s, the people who fought against sex ed were concerned with losing the moral foundation, the grounding of society. Again, today, a lot of it is religiously oriented.”

Former Progressive Conservative premier Bill Davis was education minister when the Ontario government introduced sex education in schools for the first time 50 years ago, he said.

Christou added every attempt to change the sex-ed curriculum generates controversy.

“Just the idea of sex ed in schools is controversial for people,” he said. “There is a real sense that schools have no business teaching this stuff, even though it has been there since the ’60s.”  (more...)

Perhaps the discussion shouldn't be about how sexed should be delivered, but rather about if it should be in the scools at all.

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