Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Sweeping Quebec education reforms leaving curious teens without sex ed
Via the Canadian Press:
MONTREAL — Quebec teenagers may be left groping in the dark about the dangers and joys of sexual intimacy as the province cuts high school sex-education classes.
Sweeping Quebec education reform is eliminating class time for sex ed and asking teachers to talk about the birds and bees in all classes, from math to gym.
"This makes Quebec the only province in Canada that does not specifically mandate some form of sexual health education," said Alex McKay, a research co-ordinator with the Sex Information and Education Council of Canada.
"Quebec is bucking a trend because other provinces have ever so slowly been increasing what they mandate be taught about sexual health."
While some sex-ed teachers laud a so-called holistic approach, they also fear students will miss important information.