In Canadian society, there are certain things that are expected to happen. Any type of public hatred against the LGBTQ+ community, or any other cultural, or religious group, is completely not acceptable. As well as sexual education is to be taught in the school system. Beginning September of 2015, the Ontario school system implemented an upgrade to the province’s sexual health education curriculum. The updated curriculum contains a more progressive outlook than the old curriculum, which had not been updated since 1998 Today’s society is sexually explicit, and because of this, Ontario has tapered their sexual education towards this fact. This essay will explore the differences in how the curriculum has been received, and how the sexual education
Everyone has their own way of raising children. This sometimes causes problems while deciding on what children should learn in school. A child’s upbringing is vital in determining what they will grow up to be. It is hard enough to raise a child, but it is even harder when you have to watch society as well. In today’s age there are a lot of things that parents cannot shield their child from seeing that used to be easy to hide. So much can be easily accessed through the touch of a finger. Which is why children need more education on what is happening in the world now. Schools are the safest place to talk to children about how the times have changed. While some schools cater to religion being taught the same thing is not set in place for sex
A troubling issue for schools now is how to deal with the issue of homosexuality. The struggle for gay rights often causes heated opposition, particularly on moral grounds from members of religious groups. (Essex, 2005, p. 43) Schools have an obligation to maintain a peaceful environment free of significant disruption, while supporting students' rights of free speech. Schools should ". . . create an environment that is characterized by respect for individual views and divergent forms of expression within reasonable limits. The challenge seems to involve achieving a reasonable balance between an orderly educational environment and respect for the free speech rights of students. Precisely, where do they draw the line?" (Essex, 2005, p. 44)
Pascoe begins by pointing out ways in which the school as an institution plays a crucial role in the formation of masculinities. She often noticed teachers routinely ignored homophobic and sexist comments made by students. Students were never really punished for using words like “fag,” “gay,” or “dyke”. What are less obvious and more upsetting than the criticisms of the sex-ed program are the varied examples of the ways that “Heterosexual discourses were embedded in the physical environment of the classroom, teachers’ instructional practices, and students’ classroom behavior” (p. 39). From the pictures of boy/girl pairings on the walls, to the homophobic jokes between male students and male teachers, the schools’ complacency with heterosexism becomes undeniable. In one instance a boy and girl left the Winter Ball early, two vice principals joked “You two going to a hotel or what”? I feel that if two male students walked off that the administrators would have reacted in a different manner.
“The ideal of what historian Anne Higonnet calls the Romantic Child, our modern image of a naturally asexual, pure child, is at the heart of century-long conflicts over sex education. By definition, the romantic child’s innocence depends on protection from sexuality” (Talk About Sex 13). Parents, in general, do not feel at ease thinking about their children having sex, nor do they want to encourage them to do so. The fact that most parents are not comfortable talking about the subject with their children only increases the importance of doing so in our schools.
The issue of having an adjusted sexual orientation representation on the showing staffs of schools is a matter of worry to educationalists. It is viewed as vital by them that the educating of children ought not to be seen as purely a female task but rather that students ought to encounter both men and women working in classrooms. Educators have likewise communicated worry about issues, for example, assorted qualities inside of the calling what 's more, the status of a calling
I think it is safe to say that no two words elicit more feelings of concern, anxiety, and anger in parents, and stirs up more controversy and debate than the words “sexual education”. This especially true with the implementation of the new, revised sexual education curriculum in Ontario schools. Consequently, this controversy has strongly divided individuals, families, and organizations between those who approved of and those who opposed and protested against school-based programs that providee sexual health education to children. But why so much opposition? This is due to the significant changes made to the sexual education curriculum and the sensitive nature of the topics being taught to children regarding sexuality as a whole, changes which are seen as both radical and “even more explicit and more age-inappropriate than before…” (“Ontario’s Radical,” n.d.).
This assignment will look at the services that promote sex and relationship education. It will identify the current health issues on promoting and teaching children about sex and relationship education in schools at a young age. Sex and relationships education has been a highlighted topic for over time which is being highly debated about whether it should taught to young children. There are mixed views on how sex and relationship education is taught, statistics show ‘Most parents (65%) believe that sex education should encourage young people to delay sexual activity’ (Kaiser Family Foundation in 2000). Whereas some parents disagree as they think their children are too young to know about sex and relationships, this essay will look at the
This is a scholarly journal by Elizabeth Marshall, a professor in the Department of Education. Marshall introduces a primary objective of modifying teacher certification programs by implementing LGBTQ awareness into them. She also notes that teachers should embrace sexual diversity in their classrooms by incorporating LGBTQ issues into their curriculum. I will be using this source to defend my argument on how critical is it to address other sexualities in school, especially in health courses for adolescents.
Let’s talk about sex. In western culture, many consider sex to be an inescapable topic. We are both fascinated with, and terrified of, talking about sex. For many of us, we “learned” about sex in a school sanctioned environment. Halting conversations, riddled with immature giggles at the first sign of a penis diagram, and ominous warnings that sex would lead to diseases, pregnancy, and death. Personally, my health teacher insisted on abstinence and refused to speak of sex at all. She explained New York State required schools to teach an abstinence-based curriculum. Sound familiar? In that case, I must apologize.
The school leads the sex education and has the curriculum to first educate students. It is not only the responsibility of the school or government; the parents also have responsibilities to teach their children at home. According to A Parent’s Guide, it says, “Parents help their children form values about relationships and behaviours and their sexual health.” (Ontario, 2015) The schools, parents, and communities are responsible for educations of children to feel involved in the changed and new concept society has developed. Most parents tend to avoid this kind of communication with their children. Parents are the most important role models to give the proper ideals on the issues. The results and conclusions depend on the children, not the parents or communities. Parents should give the right for the children to decide about the issues without forcing any specific opinions on them. Society should give the opportunities to the children to face the challenges that come ahead, and make decisions to solve problems based on the education they had in their childhood. With the decisions, children or students can develop their ideas of the sexual issues and topics by themselves. Through this stage, they are able to grow up further with
My chosen academic journal article is Contesting silence, claiming space: gender and sexuality in the neo-liberal public high school by Susan W. Woolley. This article examines how educational institutions and its actors introduce and reinforce a heteronormative binary ideology, and reject any non-normativity that may occur. Through this deep-rooted theoretical framework, high school students struggle to freely explore individual interpretations of sexuality and
Another trend in sex education of the 1940s, was a shift in focus that addressed not only educating children about the physical changes to their body, but the mental ones as well. Again, the Educational Health Circular No. 101 stated that “it is necessary to conceive of education in relation to sex as a phase of character education, or of the education of the personality – of the ‘whole child’.” This implies that lesson plans also needed to include the sexual activities/thoughts which came with puberty and thus, educators should assist youths in transitioning into
In “We must celebrate gender and sexual diversity in our schools” published in The Conversation, February 16 2016, Lucy Nicholas argues that the current commentary on the LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex) community against schools and the SSC (Safe Schools Coalition) is extremely out of touch. Many of youths already understand their sexuality, whether it be heterosexual, homosexual or bisexual.