Jump to navigation Skip navigation. New York State does not currently require comprehensive sexual health education CSE in public schools. As a result, many schools across New York do not provide any sexuality education; and when they do, it is too often inaccurate, incomplete, and stigmatizing.
In many countries, sexual and reproductive health is a taboo subject. The release of the UN General Comment on the Implementation of the Rights of the Child during Adolescence in February is a timely occasion to address the role that young people can play in increasing awareness of sexual rights, and playing an active role in saving lives through Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health ASRH. The UN General Comment is important because adolescents need to be empowered to act on their sexual and reproductive health and rights.
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In a modern, progressive society, we understand that healthy perspectives on sex prioritize consent, safety, and diversity, and that for people to hold these perspectives they must have access to accurate information at an early age. This is why OUSA strongly supports comprehensive sexual education, as it prepares students with the knowledge they need to responsibly enter sexual relationships during their post-secondary career if they choose to do so. Recognizing this fact, in the previous Ontario government updated the health and physical education curriculum to provide students with information on consent and non-heterosexual sexualities for the first time. Why were these updates so important?
Jump to navigation Skip navigation. I am in front of a group of students having a discussion about consent. One student raises their hands.
Ross, Centennial, St. James, Lourdes and Bishop Mac, leave their classes at 1 p. In July, the Ontario government cancelled writing sessions that had been planned to improve an updated curriculum reflecting the experience of Indigenous peoples.
This week in two of my classes, the topic of comprehensive sexual education was brought up both in regard to the United States and Asian countries such as Iran and India. In last semesters class during our history of a public controversy assignment, my group and I discussed comprehensive sexual education in America and how it only exists in certain states and even within those states, certain regions, and within those regions, certain cities etc. S mandated curriculum or education law put in place that says everyone should learn it and how they should do so.
At the same time as tens of thousands of Ontario school students staged walkouts to protest the return of an outrageously outdated health curriculum, social conservatives in British Columbia are banding together to run municipal election platforms against LGBTQ curriculum content. For many parents, voters and politicians, sex-ed is understood as part of the health and wellbeing of young people. At the same time, we're seeing a rise in the exploitation of people's fears with misinformation to win political points. What young people stand to lose in this fight is clear: health, safety and wellbeing.
New premier Doug Ford, shamelessly pandering to social conservatives, decided to scrap the revised Ontario Health and Physical Education curriculum, and revert to a sex-ed curriculum from 20 years ago, which lacks a comprehensive understanding of gender expression and the concept of affirmative consent. This new curriculum could have saved lives. I know from experience.
Sex-ed saves lives. This is not an exaggeration. Sex-ed done right is life changing and supports health and safety. For information about sexual and reproductive health, including pregnancy options, and for referrals to clinics and hospitals that provide reproductive health services, including abortion, anywhere in Canada, please call the confidential hour toll-free information and referral line.