Teachers file injunction over sex-ed curriculum
On this first day of school, Ontario’s elementary teachers’ union has filed for an injunction to stop the provincial government from forcing them to use an outdated sex ed curriculum.
They're also looking to put an end to the so-called “snitch line.”
The Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario says the old curriculum undermines the safety of students while the online site for parents to report teachers infringes on the charter of rights. To mark the first day of school, Education Minister and Huron Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson issued a statement, thanking school staff and welcoming students.
It made no mention of the sex-ed controversy.
“My hope for the 2018-19 school year is that students successfully continue on their academic journeys, and also use this opportunity to develop new hobbies and interests,” she wrote. “Whether it’s academics, arts or athletics, we encourage everyone to work hard and have fun.
“Thank you to all of the hardworking educators, school bus drivers, maintenance staff, school volunteers and families for their commitment to Ontario’s students. Our Government looks forward to working with all of you. Together we will make education in this province better than it has ever been.
“On behalf of Ontario’s government for the people, I would like to wish everyone a safe and productive year ahead.”
The interim curriculum no longer requires students in Grade 1 to learn the proper names for genitalia — something police and other advocates had pushed for to help prevent child abuse.
While there is brief mention of the internet, there are no lessons of sexual consent, also considered key for youth, especially amid the #Metoo movement.