September 13, 2018
Our President’s Comments on TDSB’S Guide to the Revised Health and Physical Education Curriculum
TDSB has released a communication to parents that compares the 2015 curriculum to the 2010 Refresh (based on 1998’s) imposed by the Ministry of Education.
It includes a guide for parents, directs them to the existing TDSB Parent Concern Protocol (PR505) and a letter from the director; all in an effort to clarify what is taught and how it’s taught.
In an interview with a reporter from the Star, ETT President Joy Lachica applauded the board’s “valiant” job in trying to clear up any confusion amid the chaos. However, she makes it clear that the 2010 curriculum is still not comprehensive enough.
“This (current curriculum) silences anything that has to do with different families. That’s the piece, the invisibility of (LGBTQ+) students and families and members, (and it) creates an isolation for those students and a safety issue,” said President Lachica in the interview.
“It’s incomplete … And it doesn’t inform instruction that keeps our students safe. It doesn’t include consent. And it doesn’t include all the elements that have to do with anti-bullying, anti-cyberbullying and healthy relationships. All the things that children need to learn incrementally.”
ETT will continue to uphold a modern sex-ed curriculum. It is important to retain the status quo 2015 Health and Physical Education curriculum, which includes consent and aligns with our Charter rights, legislation, and existing TDSB policies around positive spaces and GSAs.
Why the province has arbitrarily decided that an incremental modern sex-ed curriculum is only appropriate for high school… is baffling.
Read the full interview here.