New curriculum

Posted: August 10, 2010 in Province
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The Ontario government is going ahead with the new health and physical education curriculum.

“About 90 per cent of the proposed health and physical education curriculum is going forward, and that relates to such issues as gym, fitness, healthy eating, drug abuse,” said Frank Clarke, a spokesman for Education Minister Leona Dombrowsky.

Only the sex education portion of the curriculum — whose controversial reforms were scrapped in April after it raised the ire of parents and religious groups — will remain unchanged.

I’m of two minds when it comes to leaving out the sex ed. part of the new curriculum. Though I do think the Liberals caved a little too quickly on the issue.

Lessons on eating healthy will start in Grade 1, when kids will be introduced to the Canada Food Guide and learn about different food groups. Grade 3 students will get a lesson on how local foods can expand the range of healthy eating choices and Grade 5 students will learn how to read nutrition labels.

Grade 4 students will learn how to identify substances like tar and carbon monoxide in cigarettes, as well as various types of bullying and abuse.

The effects of alcohol use will be covered in Grade 5, and factors that can influence people to use drugs — such as television and peer pressure — will be taught in Grade 6.

Grade 7 students will get lessons on the benefits and dangers — like cyberstalking and online gambling — of using computers and other technologies.

Grade 8 students will learn about using defibrillators to restart a heart that has stopped, as well as analyze the impact of violent behaviours — including race-based violence and dating violence — and learn how to prevent it.

The new curriculum also spells out that all students must spend 20 minutes a day doing some kind of physical activity.

This curriculum has not been changed since 1998 and was indeed in need of an update.

If you are interested, here is the link to the new curriculum.

Let me know what you think.

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