New Health & Phys Ed curriculum announced for Sept 2015

October 30, 2014 at 6:41 pm Leave a comment

Today the Ministry has published a news release titled Protecting the Health and Well-Being of Students: Ontario Engaging Parents on Health and Physical Education Curriculum.

Remember when they released the new elementary Phys Ed curriculum a few  years ago, there was public controversy about the health curriculum, mainly the sex ed section? Elementary  Interim Guide and  Secondary.

This is the government  response. Parents [one parent from every elementary school. One??? ] will have an opportunity to complete a secure survey, and the Ministry will consider research and information from “earlier consultations and focus groups”. The outcome will be an “current, relevant and age-appropriate Health and Physical Education curriculum” for September 2015.

From the news release, Quick Facts:

  • “The Growth and Development section of the elementary Health and Physical Education curriculum has not been updated since 1998 – before the widespread use of social media and smartphones.
  • This current round of consultations builds on the earlier consultations and focus groups with students, teachers, parents, faculties of education, universities and colleges, as well as other organizations and stakeholders. More than 70 health-related organizations submitted reports for consideration and more than 2,400 people provided feedback on the draft curriculum.
  • Studies have shown that girls as young as seven and eight years old are entering puberty, which is significantly earlier than in previous generations.
  • The World Health Organization has found that providing kids with comprehensive sexual health information helps prevent early sexual activity and negative health outcomes”.

Check it out!

Rowan

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