One Edmonton Public School Board Trustee says Alberta’s sexual education curriculum isn’t doing enough for our students.
Bridget Stirling has put forward to the province a proposal for better sex ed in our schools.
Stirling told 630 CHED’s Ryan Jespersen, there’s a lack of inclusivity in the current program.
“With the changes that have been made in the Alberta Human Rights Act and the School Act, we believe there’s a mandate to ensure that sexual health education is inclusive of sexual and gender minority students, which, currently, that’s not required under the curriculum,” said Stirling. “I think, in terms of alignment with that legislation, we need to see that occur within the curriculum as well.”
Stirling says another major problem is a lack of consent education in our program.
“What that really means is teaching young children that they have the right to say ‘no’ to any kind of touch,” she explained. “Anything that doesn’t feel okay to them, anything that they don’t want, they have the right to say ‘no,’ they have the right to make decisions for their own bodies.”
Alberta Education is currently in the midst of a $60-million curriculum overhaul.