Tories revive old sex-ed curriculum

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The controversial sex-ed curriculum is gone and the old sex-ed curriculum has been revived.

Thompson said the ministry will be moving quickly to consult parents on how to update the curriculum, and details on that process will be coming soon.

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.

The new curriculum sparked controversy, particularly among social conservatives, when the Liberal government introduced it.

It was the first time the curriculum had been updated since 1998 and included warnings about online bullying and sexting, but protesters zeroed in on discussions of same-sex marriage, gender identity and masturbation.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said she was disappointed and felt the curriculum needed to be updated to cover a range of topics facing youth today.

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Instead, she said, the government is taking an approach that is “not the right direction for the kids of this province.”

Meanwhile even the Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner has chimed in saying the decision was like “declaring war on modern life.” In other words, the old curriculum was created before the world of the Internet.

In the years to come unless the sex-ed curriculum reflects the reality of life in 2018, it will be largely irrelevant. -CINEWS

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