Ontario’s sexual education curriculum predates Facebook. It predates Canada’s HPV vaccination program, predates the iPhone (thus, of course, makes no mention of “sexting”) and predates the legalization of gay marriage across Canada. Indeed, the program was drafted before the word “twerking” entered the collective vocabulary of teens across the country (arguably, a better time), meaning it might as well have come from another era altogether.
Dalton McGuinty’s government proposed a curriculum overhaul in 2010 with a 208-page revision that included topics such as sexual orientation, anal sex, and gender identity. It was too dramatic a change for some, and detractors across the province were quick to air their disapproval. Pressured by religious groups and concerned parents, McGuinty pulled a Dalton McGuinty and dropped the plan completely.
As a result, Ontario now boasts the most dated sexual education curriculum in Canada, largely untouched since 1998. Parents, teachers, and health…
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