The attention over the past 24 hours to the changes to the physical and health education curriculum came as somewhat of a surprise to me. Though the Star ran the piece online Sunday, and it was picked up by other media throughout the day, this isn't new. It's old. I wrote about the rest of the curriculum coming into force back at the end of May, shortly after school boards received notice the remainder of the revised curriculum would still be implemented.
I can't find the memo online, but boards were notified in May, after originally being told in April that the entire revised curriculum would be axed as a result of the public backlash (which may have been aided and abetted by media who simply didn't understand what the entire curriculum document actually changed). That's why it came up at the board meeting I was at, which is what led to the article.
I'm not really surprised to see how when the Star pulls a Canadian Press-authored article on the coming changes -- which teachers were trained for back in April and May -- everyone jumps. I get it, it's the Star, the country's most widely read newspaper. One that wasn't in the room or wasn't paying attention when its local boards were talking about this back in the spring, or that wasn't appropriately tipped off by staffers at the ministry when the decision was made to implement the new curriculum, sans the sexual education component.
Of course, it does lead one to wonder whether this article ever would have been written had that particular component not drummed up the attention it did back in the spring. After all, how many media write about changes to the curriculum? A new junior science curriculum was released in the spring of 2008 and implemented in the 2008-09 year. Hear anything about it? Nope.