Ford to Turn Back Clock on Sex-Ed


Ontario’s education minister says the sex-ed curriculum taught to children in the coming school year will be an older version, not the controversial updated program brought in by the previous government.

Lisa Thompson says ministry staff are working to inform school boards of the decision to revert to the curriculum that was in place before 2015.

Thompson says the ministry will be moving quickly to consult parents on how to update the curriculum and details on that process will be coming soon.

Premier Doug Ford promised to repeal and replace the controversial sex-ed curriculum when he ran for the Progressive Conservative leadership and repeated the pledge during the spring election.

The new sex-ed curriculum sparked controversy, particularly among social conservatives, when the Liberal government introduced it.

It was the first time the curriculum had been updated since 1998 and included warnings about online bullying and sexting, but protesters zeroed in on discussions of same-sex marriage, gender identity and masturbation.

Thompson also says the ministry is looking into how to replace a $100-million fund earmarked for school repairs that was cut earlier this month.

The money was to be paid out from revenues of the cap-and-trade system, which Ford began dismantling almost immediately after taking office, as he had promised to do.

Thompson says the government will try to find internal sources to replace the funding, which was announced in April and cut earlier this month, surprising school boards that had just begun to spend the money.


  1. If anybody commenting here is interested in coming into our studio at Superior Media to tape an episode of “ONN Point” and have a round table discussion about the sex ed curriculum reversion– those in favour and those opposed–I would be interested to hear from you. WARNING: I will be referring to the actual curriculum and have a copy on hand (you can find it easily online), so if you are thinking of participating I recommend you READ the curriculum before you offer to join me. You can reach me via email: [email protected]

    • By that time, teen girls are pregnant and their lives are changed forever!. Even in my time, the mid 60’s, 14 year old girls were getting pregnant and leaving school. This ‘sex ed’ taught the proper names for body parts and what happens to your body as you mature. So girls learned about their periods before it happened (usually 10- 12 years old these days) and boys realized that yes, they could get girls pregnant. Why is everyone so afraid of this? It doesn’t incite curiousity , it takes the mystique out of it. Gosh in Europe, the mentality is totally different and there is none of this puritanism mystery around sex. Few kids live on farms these days so really don’t get to see the process and realize the ramifications.

    • Back in the 70’s and even 60’s Ten to twelve year olds were having SEX what DO WE SAY to kids now , who’ll end with the same excuse “I didn’t know you could get pregnant the first time ???

    • What if a kid in grade school comes from same-sex parents? And it seems like kids younger and younger are starting to question gender identity. I don’t think you give pre-teens enough credit for being able to understand and accept a lot of the sex-ed info provided. I’m not talking about anal or oral sex for grade school. But times have changed. Time to change with them.

    • Maybe you should educate yourself on the current curriculum. It was updated recently because it hadn’t been updated since the 70s. I am comfortable in having conversations with my son but not everyone is. Sex is not taboo and age appropriate conversations are necessary. The curriculum includes self image and bullying amongst other subjects.

  2. There are some things the government should stay away from and just run the province & essential services but to dictate education – its no longer a free country.Parents should be allowed choices raising there own children.

    • Uh….. exactly .. the parents should have a say in whether or not they’re children are taught about transgenderism , masturbation , voyeriusm , sex tapes etc . It shouldn’t be taught to children in elementary schools AT ALL . I’m glad it’ll be gone !!

    • Well in a perfect world it should be taught at home, unfortunately none of us live in this world, and I believe it should remain in gr 7-8 before entering high school. Kids are not idiots now a days and misinformation is everywhere

    • Yes it , however , we should have a say in the what’s taught sex Ed wise . Children are growing up way to fast and how anyone is ok with that simply because it’s not the world we live in is bullshit .

    • You can take away what is taught in sex ed, but you can’t sanitize the internet, older siblings, the media and other forms of entertainment. I guess that’s we are going back to to teach our pre teens.

    • yes Darren , you’d be suprised what’s discussed in sex Ed theses days. They talk about taking pictures and videos and the bad things that can happen as a result.

    • Different yes. Simpler I beg to differ. I wish there was more proactive sex ed when I was growing up. When I was a pre teen I learned that stuff from the older boys and the magazine stuffed in the old oak tree. Which was all bs and confusing to me at that age.

    • When I was a preteen none of that was even a thought in my mind. Do u know that they teach 3rd graders about sex . That’s wrong. To each their own I suppose but I will do what I have to protect my son from things that cause him to grow up before he needs to.

    • John Dilijonas and it was a LOT simpler. We didn’t even have google or internet porn when I was young . I wasn’t even allowed on a computer until I was well in my teens.

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