SOGC statement on Ontario sexual education curriculum announcement
The SOGC regrets the recent Ontario government announcement that it is cancelling the 2015 Sexual Education curriculum and intends to revert to teaching the curriculum from 1998.
The 1998 curriculum was developed before the legalization of same sex marriage in Canada and before the explosion of smartphones, social media, Google, cyber-bulling and sexting. We believe the more modern curriculum, which touches on these issues, better prepares students and parents for today’s world.
We urge the Ontario government to reconsider this decision and work with health care providers, educators and other experts as well as the public to ensure a more up-to-date sexual education plan is put in place as soon as possible.
SOGC members have already done a lot of work in this area through our public education website, SexandU.ca. SexandU.ca is an award-winning website dedicated to providing the most up-to-date, evidence-based, unbiased, relevant information on topics related to sexual health.
The website takes a real-life approach to the questions and issues around sex and sexuality that matter most to Canadians and is a helpful reference tool for health care providers, parents and students.
The site was first launched in 2001 and receives nearly 15,000 visitors per day from around the world.
We urge you to share details about this resource with your patients. You can order materials here: https://www.sexandu.ca/resources/order/