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Sex education in the schools

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In progressive Sweden, sex education means bringing babies into the classroom and showing students what a diaphragm looks like. But in Canada in 1969, there's no consensus on how best to teach the subject - or whether it should be in the classroom at all. With correspondents in four cities, Take 30 surveys a wide range of approaches to sex ed, from units on human reproduction in gym class to new courses called "human relations" or "family life."

Medium: Television
Program: Take 30
Broadcast Date: Oct. 23, 1969
Host: Ed Reid, Paul Soles
Duration: 26:23

Did You know?


• Sex education in the schools became a hot topic in Canada around 1967. According to the Globe and Mail, an Ontario legislative committee on youth that year recommended a curriculum consisting of "family living; planned parenthood; morals and sex in our culture; the sex act and the reproductive process; contraception; venereal diseases; the psychological and emotional implications of sex."

• Others in the education system were vehemently opposed to teaching about sex in the schools. In 1969, the Globe and Mail reported on a Toronto trustee who appeared at a school board meeting to denounce the concept as "a Communist plot."


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