Ontario elementary teachers have concerns about the changes made by the government in relation to the sex-ed curriculum and are bracing a battle against the Progressive Conservative government due to the latest update.
Ontario’s elementary teachers union and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association say Premier Ford’s changes to sex-ed (updated by former Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne in 2015) are unconstitutional and put students and teachers at risk.
“The implementation of another curriculum will affect the teachers ability to teach the curriculum in an equitable diversity and in an inclusive way,” says Sam Hammond, president of Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario, in an interview with XFM News for an update.
Hammond adds that the government statements and announcements, around teachers inability to teach content from the 2015 curriculum, are certainly seeing as intimidating.
“People have misinformation around the content of the 2015 curriculum. Certainly, there are concerns of what’s motivating this move, but we will see what the court has to say over a couple of days.”
He also says it is important that ETFO and CCLA are taking a stand going through this process on behalf of students, particularly Ontario’s LGBTQ community, which government changes have also raised concerns within them.
The director of PFLAG Canada in London, Lori Ward says that everything started with education, and what the government is now doing, is putting everything back inside the closet again.
“I think that it’s horrendous what our premier is thinking, that it is okay to roll back our sex-ed. He should not, in any way, do that.”
The sex-ed curriculum was called by Premier Doug Ford as “completely unacceptable.” He also suggested that the online consultation results, on sex education, were skewed by “certain groups” in the early stages of the process.
The battle over Ontario´s sex-ed curriculum started Wednesday and will continue tomorrow in Toronto.
— Doug Ford (@fordnation) February 13, 2018