Elementary-school students have instant access to images of sexual parts and positions—and a heap of misinformation. But when it comes to sex-ed in the classroom, the Ontario curriculum is trapped in the last century, before Wikipedia, sexting, and PornHub even existed. Here’s how it all went wrong.
What was the best thing you learned in sex-ed class?
@ Condom Shack, Queen and St. Patrick. Photos: Leanne Skinner/The Grid.
Dani, 18, student
They showed us a video of a baby being born, and then they rewound it to show the baby going back in. Also, information on STDs and lots of scary pictures.
Danielle, 29, yoga instructor
I was sick on the best day of sex-ed ever: I missed the video where they showed the action from start to finish.
Matt, 31, financial industry employee
It was taught by our gym teacher who was getting close to retirement. A lot of it involved uncomfortable stories from his experience.
Rikesh, 27, fundraiser
Don’t rush things. Don’t jump into anything you’re kind of uncomfortable with.
Elizabeth, 31, freelance chef and food journalist
We could write down questions for the teacher to answer and someone asked the calorie content of cum. The teacher said it was probably 45 calories.
Sam, 18, student
My teacher told me that if you give a guy a blowjob, you could get pregnant. I did learn that you should use protection. That’s really important.