Back to School, Back to 1998

School is back in session, and these first few weeks have surely been hectic as parents and students get back in the groove of the scholastic year. Teachers have also had to get back in the swing of things with not only new students but a new curriculum, or should I say old. Before this school year started, the Ford government rolled back the sex ed curriculum to that of 1998, scrapping the 2015 version for a “new” version that is to be released in the future, once more consulting is done with parents and teachers. The old curriculum fails to include conversations about cyber bullying and consent, among a few other things. Curriculum nights are coming up for most schools, it may be worth having a chat with your child’s teacher and asking them what they intend to teach. TDSB and TCDSB trustees have made statements that they will be following the 2015 curriculum, but it never hurts to be certain about what is being taught.

Children today are not children from twenty years ago. They are surrounded every day by technology and media, much of which we as adults have a hard time sifting through. Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and other social media sites are easily accessible, especially when it appears every other child has a smart device.  If the Ontario Government feels it is essential to roll back changes, it may be time to have a serious look at what our children are being taught and put in our two cents. You can access both versions of the curriculum on the government of Ontario website or through a simple google search, if you would like to have a look for yourself.

Author: Katherine Collier

Katherine is a fourth year student at York University's School of Arts, Media, Performance and Design. Her family has been a part of the Weston community for over forty years. Weston is an integral part of her identity, and she would not have it any other way. Katherine is studying to become a secondary music teacher, and as such, many of her articles will focus on children and their future in our community. She has been writing for The Artichoke Magazine at York University for the past three years and is taking on the role of Assistant Editor for it this year.

3 thoughts on “Back to School, Back to 1998”

  1. Thank you! This government interference is a lethal weapon, and rides roughshod over all that we now know and the experiences that our children now face.

    If it looks like a bully, and sounds like a bully, and acts like a bully, what is it?

    These are our children, our next generation, and need to be our better future. Speak up, everyone!

  2. why is everything put on teachers….where are the parents? OHHHH the parents are too busy to parent their kids….

  3. Good point truthteller.
    Why can’t the parents teach the children these newer sex-ed topics?
    Personally, I’d like to teach my kids these topics anyway. Good on the government to give me the choice to teach my kids when I feel is the time is right for them.

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