February 22, 2017 5:50 pm
Updated: February 23, 2017 6:32 pm

Is Quebec’s new sex ed curriculum too much for young kids?

WATCH ABOVE: Quebec’s sex education curriculum is set to be introduced this fall, but as Global's Felicia Parrillo reports, some parents think the elementary-level program is too sensitive for children.

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For the last few days, Donatella Garofalo has been reviewing Quebec’s sex education curriculum, marking off the parts she feels are inappropriate for her nine-year-old son.

“It is a very sensitive subject and it’s way too much for five-year-old and seven-year-olds to know at such a young age,” she said.


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Garofalo is concerned the new program will teach children in kindergarten about pregnancy and birth – more specifically, about how the egg and sperm cells meet and what the different types of birth women can have.

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The curriculum also aims to introduce seven and eight-year-old children to the phenomenon of conception and sexual intercourse.

Meanwhile, eight and nine-year-old kids will learn about emotional and romantic life topics, such as sexual interest and student aged 11 and 12 will learn about sexual arousal.

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“I am not OK with our five until 10-year-olds to know what sex is, and how children are born, and romantic life,” said Garofalo.

“Children are children and I just think it’s wrong.”

The new program is set to be introduced this fall and will be taught in kindergarten, elementary and high schools across Quebec.

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Donatella Garofalo reviews Quebec\’s sex education curriculum, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017.

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Garofalo argued parents should be the ones teaching their children these subjects and not their teachers, so she started a petition to put the program on hold.

“Maybe [the education minister should] amend the curriculum, change certain things that we are not OK with,” she said.

Andrea Clarke, director of Heads and Hands, a non-profit organization that provides medical, social and legal services for the city’s youth, said it’s vital for children to begin learning about consent and their bodies at a young age.

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Quebec’s education minister declined Global News’ request for interview, but a spokesperson explained the sex education course will be optional.

Further details were not provided.

Other topics in the province’s sex ed curriculum include:

  • Human body: male and female
  • The scope of human sexuality
  • Roles, sexual stereotypes and social norms
  • Puberty and body image
  • Human sexual growth and body image
  • Sexual exploitation
  • Emotional and romantic relationships
  • Sexual awakening
  • Sexual violence
  • Sexual health
  • Sexual health and the expression of human sexuality

These topics will be covered throughout a child’s education, not all at the kindergarten level.

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