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As school board trustees we will
advocate for the following:
  • We will respect the rights of parents to decline to have their children participate in any or all aspects of the sex education curriculum for any reason.
  • We will advocate that the default postion for student participation should be to opt out. Schools will only be permitted to provide sex education to students whose parents or legal guardians have given written approval to opt their children in.
  • As school board trustees, we will likely have little control over the sex education curriculum as the content of these programs is determined by the Ministry of Education at the provincial level. Nonetheless, we will strongly advocate for the complete removal of "gender ideology" from the official curriculum. The notions of "gender identity" and "gender expression" have no basis in biology and are purely ideological constructs. Including these ideas in the official sex education curriculum only serves to further legitimizes them.  Doing so constitutes a violation of the school board’s duty of fiduciary care to students. 
  • Further to the above consideration, we will oppose teaching that there is any such thing as a "transgender child" under the sex education curriculum.
  • We will advocate for a sex education curriculum that does not seek to provide detailed overviews on all manner of sexual acts. We take the position that male and female sexual behaviours are largely instinctive and can be safely explored in the company of a trusted partner as young people mature without the need for government guidance. This should apply regardless of a student sexual orientation.
  • We will reject the use of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) curriculum and any related resources. 
A high-level overview of a sensible sex-ed curriculum.
  1. An overview of the male and female reproductive systems.
  2. An explanation of heterosexual intercourse and how it manifests in pregnancy.
  3. An emphasis on the critical importance of obtaining consent before engaging in sexual activity with another person.
  4. An assurance that having sexual thoughts and feelings is normal and not something students should feel ashamed of.
  5. An overview of the physical changes experienced by both boys and girls during puberty.
  6. An acknowledgment that masturbation is healthy and a normal aspect of puberty for both sexes and not something students should feel ashamed of.
  7. That some people for religious or other personal reasons may choose to abstain from having sex until they are married or in a similar long-term committed relationship.
  8. An overview of the female menstrual cycle and how it impacts pregnancy.
  9. A review of common methods of contraception used to help avoid unwanted pregnancy.
  10. A review of the risks of sexual activity including unwanted pregnancy, exposure to STD’s, and potentially emotional regret.
  11. That some people are sexually attracted to others of the same biological sex and should not be persecuted for this.
  12. Students must have an awareness of the risks associated with adult sexual predators, sexual abuse of children, online pornography, and sexual violence. An emphasis on the online risks of sexting, sexual blackmail/sextortion which have resulted in some children committing suicide must be included.
  13. A discussion of sexual harassment at school or work and related legal and ethical issues.
  14. Current official sex-ed curriculum in Ontario