Sumary of Classes on ‘toxic masculinity’ in schools:
- Sex education campaigner Chanel Contos is working with the Victorian Government on lessons that she hopes will teach students about “toxic masculinity”.
- education in schools around sex, relationships and consent after a petition she made brought forward thousands of stories of sexual assault from students and former students across Australia..
- Her push has already made waves in NSW, where students are expected to have a much bigger say on what their sex education lessons will look like and NSW Police unveiled an operation to make it easier for alleged sexual assault victims to come forward..
- She told the Herald Sun she has been working with Education Minister James Merlino department to contribute to the curriculum and push for key themes to be taught in Victorian schools..
- Deakin University Associate Professor Debbie Ollis, a lead researcher in education who helped develop ‘Respectful Relationships’, said the curriculum needed to be constantly updated to stay relevant and suggested issues like toxic masculinity could be taught by looking at the impact of social media and media..
- Late last month, the Victorian Government announced it would make consent education mandatory in public schools..
- Employment Minister Jaala Pulford said teaching school students about sexual consent was a “very important step”..
- “We’ll work with education experts and also young people to understand where the opportunities are for the best possible education for boys and girls, and people who are almost young men and young women, in the school system in a way that age appropriate but also provides a very deep understanding for everyone about what consent means and why it matters,”…