ERIC Number: EJ1032267
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 59
What's Missing? Anti-Racist Sex Education!
Whitten, Amanda; Sethna, Christabelle
Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning, v14 n4 p414-429 2014
Contemporary sexual health curricula in Canada include information about sexual diversity and queer identities, but what remains missing is any explicit discussion of anti-racist sex education. Although there exists federal and provincial support for multiculturalism and anti-racism in schools, contemporary Canadian sex education omits crucial anti-racist work, and foundational anti-racist education frameworks are silent about the sex education curriculum. To show how race is discussed in sex education, a content analysis based on a keyword search of Ontario public secondary school health provincial curricula and federal sex education policy was conducted. English language curricula created within the same nine-year range (1999-2008) were selected from Ontario and Canada to maximise the congruency of politics and country of origin. Content analysis findings point to major deficiencies and provide the basis for future anti-racist sex education policy recommendations. As anti-racism critically examines the institution of education, and sexual health curricula are an increasingly politicised example of potentially transformative education, anti-racism must be incorporated into future sex education work.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Sex Education, Social Justice, Racial Bias, Multicultural Education, Cultural Pluralism, Content Analysis, Public Schools, Secondary Schools, Educational Policy, Curriculum, Political Issues, Transformative Learning, Social Bias
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada