Even though ICE provides some Catholic “commentary” on sex ed, the fundamental sex ed curriuculum is the same for public and “catholic” schools and OPHEA provides the teaching tools and resources. OPHEA is funded by public and catholic boards
Heather has developed over 40 resources for H&PE, and was involved in the development of Ophea’s Human Development and Sexual Health lesson plans, which were developed in consultation with H&PE curriculum consultants, educators representing public and Catholic schools from urban and rural regions of Ontario and through the engagement of subject matter experts and community partners representing public health and community health organizations.
Who was engaged in the development of Ophea’s HD&SH units?
The HD&SH lesson plans were developed in consultation with school board H&PE curriculum consultants, and educatorsrepresenting public and Catholic schools from urban and rural regions of Ontario. In addition, community partnersrepresenting public health organizations, community health as well as topic experts (such as The Sex Information& Education Council of Canada [SIECCAN], Planned Parenthood Toronto, and CAMH Health Promotion Resource Centre) were engaged in the development and review of all materials.
“The first thing would be to familiarize themselves with the new curriculum,” suggests Gérald Pezet, an H&PE teacher with a French Catholic school board. The HD&SH component of the H&PE curriculum includes a wide range of topics and concepts; from sexual development, reproductive health, choice, sexual readiness, consent, abstinence and protection, to interpersonal relationships, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, gender roles and expectations, affection and pleasure and body image.ii “Of course, they could also go on the Ophea Teaching Tools website and access the lesson plans so they aren’t reinventing the wheel,” Pezet adds.
Check out the video below (particularly from 5-13mins). Contraception toolbox, genderbread man, etc
Also, check out this OPHEA video:
Remember: The curriculum is the SAME in both public and “catholic” schools.
2015: Liz Sandals: The curriculum is the same in public schools and Catholic schools—this is the Ontario curriculum. In the case of the Catholic schools, they also do a lot of curriculum development through an organization called ICE, which is the Institute for Catholic Education, and that’s the Catholic teachers, the Catholic principals, the Catholic directors—it’s all the stakeholders in the Catholic education system. The Bishops are represented there too. So we work with ICE on the development of their curriculum. They will make some components of the curriculum part of their family life course.
In terms of (what) your parents would want to know, the Catholic trustees, the Catholic teachers, the Catholic principals, the Catholic directors have all been quite supportive of the curriculum.
Liz Sandals has also said this:
2015: ” that while the Catholic school system will be able to provide “commentary” on the government-mandated sex-ed through its own family life program, it won’t be allowed to change anything and must “deliver” the sex-ed as written.”