Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives are repealing former Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne’s radical sex-ed curriculum by September.
Education Minister Lisa Thompson told reporters on July 11 Ontario’s schools will revert to the 1998 sex-ed curriculum, which was in place before the Liberals rolled out their reviled sex-ed program in 2015 in the face of unprecedented and massive parental backlash.
“The sex-ed component is going to be reverted back to the manner in which it was prior to the changes that were introduced by the Liberal government,” Thompson told reporters, as quoted in the Toronto Star.
The Wynne sex-ed curriculum introduces homosexuality and gender identity in Grade 3, masturbation in Grade 6, and oral and anal sex in Grade 7. It advises Grade 7 children to carry a condom in case they engage in sexual activity, and Grade 8 children to think up a sexual plan. It teaches there are six genders rather than the two biological sexes of male and female.
Campaign Life Coalition (CLC), which launched a petition signed by almost 16,000 people to date to repeal the Wynne sex-ed by September, welcomed the news.
"We are very happy to see the radical sex curriculum repealed," said CLC National President Jim Hughes in a Wednesday press release. "We look forward to the genuine consultations with parents and hope that Wynne's ideological agenda will be scrapped completely."
PAFE (Parents as First Educators) and CLC were among the foremost critics of the Liberal sex-ed curriculum, warning it prematurely sexualizes children by introducing them to sexual concepts at too early an age.