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September 28, 2015

Another creative way of teaching by one of Banbury's teachers!

At the start of her sexual education classes, Tara Fry sometimes tossed large stuffed toys designed to represent various microbes for sexually transmitted infections.

“The student who ‘catches’ chlamydia will be asked what she or he knows about it,” explains Ms. Fry, an instructor at Banbury Crossroads School in Calgary, a JK-to-12 school where students ranging in academic abilities from average to gifted learn at their own pace. “We have a number of these giant microbes for venereal diseases, so we’ll throw syphilis and see who catches it, and then we talk about it.”

Ms. Fry’s playful, lighthearted approach to sex education is among many examples of how Canada’s private schools are teaching their students about the birds and the bees. In virtually any setting, the subject of sex can elicit a wide range of reactions – from discomfort to mockery. It’s no different in a classroom, where talk of reproductive body parts and functions is sometimes met with embarrassed giggles or awkward silence.

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