A union representing elementary school teachers across Ontario has told its members to continue teaching the 2015 sex-ed curriculum, despite the provincial government’s order that a 20-year-old version of the lesson plan be taught.
The Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO) denounced the Progressive Conservative government’s recent decision to have teachers set aside the sex-ed curriculum updated under the Liberal government and revert to a version written in 1998.
The denunciation happened at an annual meeting of the union in Toronto on Monday, which was attended by two local union leaders.
Shirley Bell, president of the Kawartha Pine Ridge Elementary Teachers Local, and David Berger, vice-president, were both at the meeting.
“It was all about encouraging teachers to use their professional judgment and teach either part of – or the full – 2015 curriculum,” said Bell over the phone from Toronto on Monday night.
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