Cross Country Checkup

Who should teach sex-ed — parents or teachers? How far can schools go?

Parents and teachers are scrambling after Ontario Premier Doug Ford scrapped its existing sex ed curriculum, in favour of one taught in 1998.

Checkup opens up the phone lines about Ontario's decision to revert back to a 1998 sex ed curriculum

People rallied against a host of decisions coming under the new Progressive Conservative government. (Lorenda Reddekopp/CBC)
Host of Cross Country Checkup, Duncan McCue. (Kevin Van Paassen)

Sex education, the school subject some deem too hot to handle.

At least in Ontario, where premier Doug Ford has made good on his election promise to scrap the latest physical and health education curriculum. That lesson plan, updated in 2015, included warnings about sexting, online bullying and discussion about consent, same-sex marriage and gender identity. 

Now, the Ontario premier says students will be taught a sex ed lesson plan that was developed in 1998 until parents province-wide have a chance to weigh in.

Who should be teaching kids about sex, and when? These are questions debated across the country. The revamped physical and health education curriculum in Ontario introduced students to sexual health and sexuality at a younger age... teaching consent to children in Grade 2, for example. What do you think of sex education where you live? 

Our question today:  Who should teach sex-ed — parents or teachers?


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