To: Doug Ford

Doug Ford: Keep Ontario's Sex-Ed Curriculum

Doug Ford: Keep Ontario's Sex-Ed Curriculum

Do not repeal Ontario’s scientific, inclusive and consent-based sexual education curriculum.

Why is this important?

Doug Ford promised to repeal Ontario’s comprehensive Health and Physical Education, aka Sex-Ed, curriculum. As one of his first acts as Premier, he decided to jeopardize the health and safety of youth across our province by reverting to the severely out-dated, nearly 20-year old, 1998 curriculum. [1]

The 2015 curriculum was designed and written by experts in child development, internet safety, police, and social workers, in consultation with roughly 4,000 parents. [2] It emphasizes much-needed lessons of consent, acceptance for others and sexual health. [3]

In the age of Me Too, we can’t afford to stop teaching kids about consent and acceptance. Youth deserve scientific facts and unbiased information when it comes to their health. It’s simple: society will suffer if we don’t educate children in these topics.

Opponents of the curriculum make up a small but vocal minority, come from the far-right and helped get Ford elected. [4] But despite what they argue, evidence from the UN shows that access to comprehensive sex-ed does not increase sexual activity. [5] It leads to well-informed decisions and reduces the risk of harmful sexual behaviour.

The existing curriculum goes far beyond providing age-appropriate information about sexual and reproductive health. It teaches personal safety, healthy relationships based on mutual respect and consent, and is inclusive of all children and youth who call Ontario home.

Doug Ford may have won a majority government, but we cannot let him drag Ontario backwards. As the so-called "government for the people", we will not let him silence the thousands of students, parents, teachers and other concerned citizens who want and know that this education needs to stay in place. Let's show Premier Ford that the people of Ontario want to #SaveSexEd. If enough of us sign this petition defending the Sex-Ed curriculum, he could revert his decision to repeal it.

Will you add your name to stand up for the health and safety of children and youth in Ontario before the school year begins in September?

[1] https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-sex-ed-plans-1.4742523

[2] https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/ontario-sexual-education-curriculum-election-1.4624512

[3] https://www.ontario.ca/page/sex-education-ontario

[4] http://pressprogress.ca/5-extreme-promises-doug-ford-made-to-win-the-support-of-ontarios-religious-right/

[5] https://en.unesco.org/news/why-comprehensive-sexuality-education-important

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Reasons for signing

  • You can't make it legal for gay people to marry in this country and refuse to back up your co-called acceptance with adequate sexual education to help them have healthy relationships with their partners. We ALL deserve that and it was barely adequate for straight people before. Time to get with the times.
  • Because understanding is the first step to inclusion.
  • I have kids in school. They deserve this kind of education on their health and bodies.

Updates

2018-07-11 15:56:36 -0400

50,000 signatures reached

2018-06-25 21:47:00 -0400

20,000 signatures reached

2018-06-23 22:20:13 -0400

10,000 signatures reached

2018-06-22 21:33:53 -0400

5,000 signatures reached

2018-06-21 21:38:37 -0400

1,000 signatures reached

2018-06-21 14:40:20 -0400

500 signatures reached

2018-06-20 22:39:55 -0400

100 signatures reached

2018-06-20 18:28:48 -0400

50 signatures reached

2018-06-20 13:33:17 -0400

25 signatures reached

2018-06-20 12:32:12 -0400

10 signatures reached