July 14, 2018
We’re just two days of Doug Ford’s two week anniversary as Premier of Ontario and his government decided to roll back the Ontario sex-education curriculum brought in by the previous government in 2015. to the 1998 version—which cuts out information like :
- Same-sex relationships.
- Gender identity.
- Cyberbullying & Sexting.
this Coming September, kids across the province will be taught a curriculum older than a lot of things in Canada as Premier Doug Ford promised to repeal and replace the controversial sex-ed curriculum when he ran for the Progressive Conservative leadership and repeated the pledge during the spring election.
Opposition calls plan "disappointing"
Tanya Granic Allen, who ran unsuccessfully against Ford for the PC leadership on a platform focused on getting rid of the new sex-ed curriculum, tweeted simply: "Great work!"Granic Allen had hoped to run as an MPP.
NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said she finds the decision "disappointing," adding the curriculum needed to be updated to cover a range of topics facing youth today.
Instead, she said, the government is taking an approach that is "not the right direction for the kids of this province."
Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner accused Ford's government of "declaring war on modern life," by going back to a curriculum that was written in the early days of the internet.
Schreiner said the move amounts to taking away key tools from teachers and called it inappropriate.
Brittany Smith of the advocacy group Leadnow, which petitioned to keep the revised curriculum, called Ford's move "ideologically driven" and "pure politics."
"He's really making this decision to appease the religious right and far-right factions of his base who helped him get elected,".
"This is a cynical political decision of his, and children across Ontario are being made to pay the price."