Teach primary school pupils about sex, say MPs
• Put sex in its proper context, says letter signed by charities
• Call to start teaching social and emotional aspects early
Primary school children should have compulsory sex education lessons, MPs said today.
A cross-party group of MPs is calling on the government to make advice on sexual health and relationships mandatory in all schools.
The Daily Mail:
Four-year-olds could be taught sex education under plans to cut teenage pregnancy rate
Children could be taught sex education from the age of four, under plans by MPs.
They are calling on the Government to ensure that advice on relationships, contraception and sexually transmitted diseases is compulsory in all primary and secondary schools.
Cue the criticisms that such sex education is inappropriately sexualising children. Apparently the only mandated sex education requirement in British schools currently is just the biological basics of sexual reproduction, usually taught in science classes. Many schools do offer a more rounded sex education curriculum, but parents can and do often withdraw their children from those classes.
A report from two UK sexual health charities recommended that the mandatory sex education classes should include more information on sex and relationships rather than simply how reproduction occurs.
Julie Bentley, the Family Planning Association chief executive, said: “This is not about teaching four-year-olds how to have sex … it’s like maths – at primary school children learn the basics so that they can understand more and more complex concepts at a later stage.”
She added: “Parents are concerned that if they are told about sex they will go straight out and have it but the research shows the complete opposite. They have sex later and when they do, they have safer sex.”
At present all children have to learn about the biology of reproduction but parents can opt to remove children from personal, social, health and economic education lessons, where they learn about the emotional and relationships side of sex.
In my experience, kids start asking about where babies come from around about age 3 or 4, so why is it considered so wrong that this should be the time that they start getting straightforward answers, and especially answers that are put into the context of relationships instead of being presented as some sort of separate biological phenomenon?
For a start, it might do something about this UK statistic:
Almost half of women have had unprotected sex or had their usual contraception fail in the last year, according to a survey.