Do you think kids should learn about sex in school, and why?
Yes, I can't even believe this is even a question. Children should be prepared for life through school (yeah I know I'm being idealistic) and teaching them about sex is one lesson that schools can't afford to not teach. I admit that part of me is saying "no, the parents should ultimately be responsible" but this is just too naive of me to think that, since some parents just don't give a damn, or have too many personal or religious hang ups to properly teach their offspring about the facts of life. In this case I think the schools have a duty to provide guidance for these types of children.
As for the lessons themselves, well they shouldn't just be dumped on in one year, they should be ingrained within the stages of a child's progression through education right up until they hit their final year. With this in mind I would like to see a greater emphasis on the multitudes of sexual expression and behaviour (ie not just hetro PIV sex) when "children" are deemed significantly mature enough to handle such information.
The system as it stood for me when I were a lad, was that I received a very factual explanation of how babies were made, differences between boy and girl and then puberty etc... and a question and answer time which my childfree, bachelor teacher handled quite well. This was when I was between 10-11.
As I got older there was a bit more focus on the biological aspects of growing up (which I didn't really pay attention to) during human biology and when a got a bit older 14+ we focused on condom use, HIV and the more nitty gritty things about sex. I was lucky at this point as I had a teacher who was not a woman who could be easily embarrassed.
Now the system (PSHE) as it stands (even though I haven't experience in over nearly ten years), needs to be strengthened
as the greatest obstacle we currently face are the holy joes who seem to think it's in their child's best interest to opt them out of school because learning about homosexuality might "make them gay, innit?" This is really one of the few times when I think the government needs to interfere in belief (especially faith schools) by making these lessons mandatory
and taking your kids out of them a criminal offence*. Metaphorically our castle needs to be reinforced and ready least the barbarians try and breach the gates.
* Indeed, there was a big stink caused by Ed Balls of the previous Labour government who was pushing to do just this. However as this was a few months before the election, I can't help but feel cynical.
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