The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) expresses great disappointment with the government’s decision to revert to the outdated Health and Physical Education curriculum.
Prior to the introduction of the revised curriculum in 2015, the most recent update took place in 1998. This was a time before smartphones, social media, and progress in the understanding of different sexual orientations and gender identities. In this respect, the 2015 curriculum made major and necessary updates to respond to developments in law, technology, and society. Also, in developing the curriculum, the Ministry of Education consulted with thousands of parents and educators, as well as a broad cross-section of experts and stakeholder organizations.