The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) named Dr. David Wolfe a Fellow on September 11, 2018, conferring on him the highest academic and scientific award available in Canada. Dr. Wolfe was honoured for the ground-breaking work demonstrating that a modern health curriculum in Ontario could reduce youth risk behaviours concerning sexual behaviour and relationship violence. In an ironic twist, the day the RSC announced the award, children in Ontario were returning to schools under an outdated health curriculum.

Dr. Wolfe and his colleagues at Western University named the program The Fourth R, emphasizing the importance of building strong and healthy relationships in keeping children and youth safe. Fourth R strategies, taught in Health and Physical Education by classroom teachers, reduce dating violence and delay the start of risk activities such as drinking, drugs and sexual activity. This innovative curriculum is now available from Grade 7 through 9, and includes lessons on positive mental health and development.

To learn more about Dr. Wolfe's election to the Royal Society of Canada, click here.



The Fourth R responds to Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum changes
July 26, 2018

The Fourth R does not believe that it is in the best interest of the well-being of Ontario students to revert back to the 1998 sexual health curriculum. This outdated curriculum does not explore many issues faced by students today nor does it equip our youth with the knowledge and skills to develop healthy relationships and explore the many concepts connected with mental health. Although we always welcome the opportunity to contribute to curriculum consultations and think it is a good idea to improve on existing curriculum, we do not think it should be done when it compromises our students learning and development. We urge the Ontario Government to keep the current Health curriculum (including the Human Development and Sexual Health content) in place until after the proposed review is completed.

For more information, please contact:

Claire Crooks
Director, Centre for School Mental Health
Faculty of Education, Western University
519-661-2111 x 89245


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“The Fourth R instructors and resources provided our Physical Health Education teachers with engaging, low prep-high impact lessons as well as easy to implement frameworks for challenging discussions with students. All of the activities and information align perfectly with BC's re-designed curriculum.” - Michelle Ciolfitto, Coordinator - Curriculum Implementation, Coquitlam School District No. 43

“The Fourth R training and resources were exactly what our district needed this year as we implemented the revised physical and health education curriculum in British Columbia. The Fourth R lessons address the holistic model of health that we are trying to promote. Teachers loved that the lessons were engaging, interactive and comprehensive. We would recommend this program to all school districts.” – Gail Markin, District Teacher Counsellor (Supporting Physical and Health Education), Langley School District No. 35

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