Let’s talk about sex ed...

The Glengarry News - - News - - News Staff

The Up­per Canada District School Board’s Chair­man, Jeff McMil­lan, says his board is “most will­ing” to dis­cuss pos­si­ble con­tent changes to the prov­ince’s health and phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion cur­ricu­lum.

On­tario’s new Con­ser­va­tive gov­ern­ment has pulled the prov­ince’s new sex ed­u­ca­tion man­date, claim­ing it wants to hold fur­ther dis­cus­sions with stake­hold­ers. In a July 27 me­dia re­lease, Mr. McMil­lan said his board “ex­pects any cur­ricu­lum – whether it is math­e­mat­ics, so­cial stud­ies or sci­ence – to be cur­rent and aligned with mod­ern re­al­i­ties, in­clud­ing our ru­ral re­al­i­ties. We have the same ex- pec­ta­tions for the health and phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion cur­ricu­lum used in On­tario schools.”

He also urged the prov­ince to act quickly. “We trust that the provin­cial gov­ern­ment is keenly aware of the time­lines re­lated to the start of the next school year and un­der­stands the im­por­tance of teach­ers hav­ing clar­ity about cur­ricu­lum con­tent,” he wrote. “Our staff de­serves ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to plan pur­pose­fully for ef­fec­tive in­struc­tion and to feel fully pre­pared to teach our stu­dents when classes re­sume on Tues­day, Septem­ber 4, 2018.”

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