Sex in Schools

Today, we tune in to The Agenda with Steve Paikin to discuss sex education in schools.  As a program of TVO (Television Ontario), The Agenda is a weekly video and audio podcast featuring round-table discussions on issues of public concern.

Obviously this is an issue that goes well beyond Ontario, and I must say that I was quite impressed by the perspectives that were shared.  I should note that none of the guests commenting on this program represent a “Religious” perspective, but all reference the tenants of faith and family as strong reasons for their beliefs.

At the heart of this debate is the question, “should a state or province be allowed to decide what one’s child will learn about sexual health?”  This includes everything from STD’s to homosexuality to gender roles to the purpose of sex.

As guests on his show, Steve Paikin has invited Charles McVety (President of both the Canada Family Action Coalition and Canada Christian College); Shannon Boodram ( Editor of Laid: Young People’s Experiences with Sex in an Easy Access Culture); Megan Harris (Senior fellow with the Montreal Economic Institute and former federal Conservative party candidate in the riding of Toronto Centre); and Lyba Spring (who has been working as a Sexual Health Educator for Toronto Public Health for the past 25 years. She also works as a counsellor in a Sexual Health clinic).

In addition to the audio download link below, some may choose to watch the video of the debate linked here.


Credits:  Paikin, Steve.  “The Debate:  Let’s Talk About Sex. . . in Ontario Schools”.  The Agenda, TVO.  Interview.  May 10, 2010


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