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(The Star Food)


14 august 2018 17:49:36

Sex-ed plan will `drag our schools backwards,´ Horwath tells teachers
(The Star Food)

The province’s plan to abandon the current sex-ed curriculum and revert to 1998 lesson plans is a “regressive move” that will hurt students, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath told Ontario’s elementary school teachers on Tuesday.“Doug Ford wants to drag our schools backwards,” she said at the annual meeting of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario being held at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.“He’s taking our curriculum back to the last century and he’s hurting Ontario’s most vulnerable youth in the process. Let’s be very clear, the updated health and physical education curriculum, and the educators who deliver it, saves lives.”Her comments, delivered in front of about 800 delegates, drew loud applause.She commended the teachers and school boards who are standing up to “oppose this regressive move”, saying, “I know you are standing up for your students.”The union, which represents 83,000 educators, has denounced the province’s plan to revert to the outdated curriculum, saying it is irresponsible and does not address issues such as same-sex families, gender, internet safety, and cyberbullying.Read more: Rolling back sex-ed curriculum ‘irresponsible, reckless,’ teachers union president saysMore legal challenges on the way over Ford government’s outdated sex-ed curriculumFamilies to launch human rights case over outdated sex-ed curriculumETFO president Sam Hammond told members Monday that the union will “vigorously defend” any teacher who sticks to the current curriculum, calling the government’s behaviour “reckless.” He said the government’s actions conflict with a teacher’s responsibility to ensure students’ safety and that their human rights are not violated.The union has also instructed its lawyers to intervene in any proceeding before the Human Rights Tribunal and to assist applicants. L ...
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