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HEART newspaper: Heart Publications | November 21, 2018

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Have your say on sex ed – as long as it’s by 12 Feb

Have your say on sex ed – as long as it’s by 12 Feb
Should children really be bombarded with sexual information in school lessons?

 

The public was only given until 12 February 2018 to respond to a survey on sex education in schools.

On 19 December, just a week before Christmas, the government launched a consultation on sex education –   when parents and teachers were too busy with Christmas to scrutinise the proposals.

 

Obviously deliberate

Christian Concern claims the timing was “obviously deliberate” and as the consultation ends at 11.15pm on 12 February, it leaves little time for a considered response to complex issues. The online survey is at https://consult.education.gov.uk/life-skills/pshe-rse-call-for-evidence

The government says it is “committed to retaining a parent’s right to withdraw their child from sex education within RSE (other than sex education in the National Curriculum as part of science) but not from relationships education at primary.”

 

Unable to protect

Campaigners warn that this could mean parents would be unable to protect their children from being ‘indoctrinated’ at a young age. Before former Education Secretary Justine Greening was demoted, she announced plans to give primary school children lessons on transgender and homosexual relationships, as well as online porn and sexting.

Stephen Green of Christian Voice said, “Instead of concentrating on issues like cyber bullying and revenge porn, Ms Greening and her officials have seen an opportunity to advance the causes of homosexuality and transsexuality, concealing them as always behind talk about relationships.”

 

Leading agent

Thomas Pascoe of the Coalition for Marriage said that under the proposals the state would be the “leading agent” in the early sexualisation of children, declaring that “There is no ‘age-appropriate’ way to teach primary children about homosexual relationships or transgenderism.”

He urged parents and teachers to use the consultation to demonstrate that “parents want our school
system to stand for education, not indoctrination.”

 

Strongly criticised

At least there is a public consultation in England. The same cannot be said for the Scottish or Welsh governments, which are pursuing similar aims.

The Scottish government was strongly criticised in November for proposing that children in nursery and primary schools should be learning about sexual consent.  Meanwhile, the Welsh government announced that its panel of experts on sex and relationships education (SRE) wanted to change SRE so that children as young as three would be taught it. The panel also complained that SRE was too ‘heteronormative’, ie not enough normalising of homosexuality.