On­tario heads back­ward to old sex-ed cur­ricu­lum

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Nation & World - By Amanda Co­letta The Washington Post

TORONTO — In ele­men­tary schools across On­tario this month, the first day of school was filled with the usual mix of ner­vous­ness and ex­cite­ment. But many teach­ers had jit­ters them­selves thanks to an an­nounce­ment from the new pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment.

In July, the cen­ter-right gov­ern­ment of Pre­mier Doug Ford said it was scrap­ping the sex-ed­u­ca­tion cur­ricu­lum up­dated in 2015 and re­plac­ing it with a ver­sion from 1998, when same­sex mar­riage was not yet le­gal in Canada and so­cial me­dia and cy­ber­bul­ly­ing were un­known to most par­ents. It also set up what crit­ics are call­ing a “snitch line” that al­lows par­ents to anony­mously re­port teach­ers for not teach­ing the old ver­sion.

The de­ci­sion, which ful­filled one of Ford’s cam­paign prom­ises, was the lat­est in a se­ries of changes made since he was sworn in in late June. He has quashed the province’s car­bon-pric­ing pol­icy, and scrapped a ba­sic-in­come pilot project.

Like many of those de­ci­sions, the sex-ed­u­ca­tion switch has left of­fi­cials scram­bling, spawned a bar­rage of le­gal chal­lenges and pro­voked pub­lic back­lash.

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