Queen's University

Sex-ed arguments haven't changed since '60s

The arguments in the fierce debate over Ontario’s new sex-ed curriculum could easily be lifted from headlines in newspapers from the 1960s — when lessons about sex were first introduced in classrooms, an education historian says.

Assistant professor Theodore Christou, of Queen’s University, said there’s not much new in positions presented by proponents and opponents of the Liberal’s controversial changes to the sex-ed curriculum.

“The arguments are all old,” Christou said Tuesday. “The people saying them think they’re quite new.

“Educational reformers say the curriculum is obsolete, the times have changed, contemporary reality is not reflected in the curriculum.

“In the 60s, the people who fought against sex ed were concerned with losing the moral foundation, the grounding of society. Again, today, a lot of it is religiously oriented.”

Continue reading in the Toronto Sun.

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Dr. Theodore Christou

I am an Associate Professor in the Curriculum Studies and Educational Studies fields, with a cross-appointment to the Department of History. My research, which spans several fields - history, philosophy, curriculum, and teacher education - is tied together by two questions: a) What is an education for?, and b) How might we imagine an education individual? These questions are bound by historicall and contemporary context and complexities.