Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s much-repeated campaign promise that he would consult widely on rewriting the contentious sex-education curriculum has now expanded into a sweeping rethink of the province’s education system of which sex ed will only be a small part.
The government will solicit input on a number of other areas including math scores, legalization of cannabis, standardized testing and cellphone bans in schools.
As part of his announcement, Mr. Ford also threatened to discipline educators who defy his government’s orders to use a 20-year-old sex-education curriculum and he launched a platform for parents to anonymously report concerns on what is being taught in classrooms.
“We will not tolerate anybody using our children as pawns for grandstanding and political games. And, make no mistake, if we find somebody failing to do their job, we will act,” Mr. Ford said in a statement.
Mr. Ford, who