Sex Ed: What the kids have to say
There was a heated debate earlier this year on Premier Dalton McGuinty's proposed updates to the sex-education curriculum.
Changes were delayed when the right-wing mobilized, knocking on every backwater doorstep to allege that the school system would now be offering how-to sex instruction and promoting homosexuality starting in Grade 3. I wrote my rebuttal to this nonsense here.
In May, a study conducted by the Sex Education and Information Council of Canada showed that teen pregnancy had plummeted in Canada, attributing the change to better access to birth control and sex education.
But none of us had really talked to the teens themselves until Toronto Life's The Informer prepared "Teenage Sex and the City."
One of the quotes spoke quite loudly to me in favour of an early start with sex education:
"Sex education classes were fun, especially the movies, but I lost my virginity in Grade 7, before teachers started preparing us for the real deal." - Jessica 15, lost it at 12
No one thinks their child is going to have sex before they've even completed puberty. But some do. And even though it's not popular with all voters, the right thing to do is make sure kids are informed sooner rather than later about preventing STIs and unwanted pregnancy.