TRC #350: Ontario’s Sex-Ed Curriculum + Magic School Bus Meme + Medical Procedures You May Not Need

abstinence-only-sex-ed (1)Hello TRC’ers! This week’s show is a veritable potpourri of topics! Darren studies Ontario’s new Sex-Ed Curriculum and addresses its critics. Adam tackles the meme keeping us all up at night…did the kids from Magic School Bus grow up to be Captain Planet’s Planeteers? Lastly, Cristina dissects some commonly prescribed medical procedures that we may not actually need.

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Ontario’s Sex-Ed Curriculum

Ontario’s Curriculum

Campaign Life Coalition

Huffington Post

Magic School Bus Meme

Timeline Photos – Jamie Steinheim

The Magic School Bus Wiki

Captain Planet and the Planeteers – Wikipedia

Medical Procedures You May Not Need

Yahoo: 5 Medical procedures you may not actually need

Choosing Wisely Survey Report

New England Journal of Medicine: A Randomized Trial of Arthroscopic Surgery for Osteoarthritis of the Knee

Overuse of Preoperative Cardiac Stress Testing in Medicare Patients Undergoing Elective Noncardiac Surgery

ABIM Foundation

ABIM Foundation Wiki

Appropriate use of diagnostic imaging in low back pain: a reminder that unnecessary imaging may do as much harm as good.

Overuse of Preoperative Cardiac Stress Testing in Medicare Patients Undergoing Elective Noncardiac Surgery

Pat Segment on Breast Cancer Screening



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3 Responses to TRC #350: Ontario’s Sex-Ed Curriculum + Magic School Bus Meme + Medical Procedures You May Not Need

  1. SmaMan says:

    Props on resisting the urge to say “according to my research” in the Magic School Bus segment. XD

  2. Beth says:

    I love your podcast. I came to it when you featured Dr. Stukus on food allergies, as I have a kid with multiple life-threatening allergies and my husband follows Stukus on Twitter.

    I enjoyed your show, #350, about the Ontario sex ed policy. Except when you said that it was unlikely for a homeschool kid to get a decent sex ed education, or any decent education at all, because parents hadn’t been trained. As an educated, secular homeschooled, I take some exception to that.

    Both my five and three year old boys have a basic understanding of menstruation, sexual reproduction (although not sex), and that no one can touch their body without permission.

    I taught my dyslexic son to read, and at 5, he can do algebra. I wouldn’t even say we are unusual. We are members of a homeschool co-op where parents are very dedicated to their kids getting an excellent education.

    Research suggests that many homeschool kids do very well in college settings. My younger brother and sister, who were homeschooled, do just fine. My sister is pursuing her Ph.D, and my brother is a journeyman electrician in a highly coveted job with the railroad.

    I don’t know much about the Canadian education system. As an American, I am not confident the system would work for my kids, but they seem to thrive at home.

  3. Beth says:

    Thanks so much for the reply! That was a very interesting article you linked. I know there is a lot of misinformation out there, on both sides, about homeschooling.

    When you are doing your research, you might not want to trust the HSLDA or any of their affiliated groups. They are extremists who seem to enjoy skewing and making up data to make homeschooling look even more impressive. Also, in the interest of presenting the whole picture, you might check out Homeschoolers Anonymous for some stories about how homeschooling can go terribly wrong.

    I say this because I know, at least in the US, many people think ALL homeschoolers are religious nuts, sheltering their kids from the world and teaching them creationism instead of science. We aren’t. There is a growing secular homeschooling movement. But I also know that some awful things are done in some homeschool situations, and sometimes the homeschooling facilitates that.

    Anyway, I will definitely keep listening, and look forward to hearing what you come up with if you decide to do a segment on the subject. You all do a very good job at being thorough and fair. (I enjoyed the segment about essential oils, especially as I have several friends who sell doTerra.)

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