Sex Education As Part of the Curriculum
Sex education should be included as part of the curriculum? do you agree?
According to The Guardian, MP’s are of the opinion that Sex education should be compulsory in all primary and secondary schools, with sufficient curriculum time devoted to the subject and specialist training for teachers. The desire is for the Department for Education to come up with a strategy to deliver age-appropriate personal, social, and health education (PSHE) and SRE as a statutory provision across all schools.
Apparently, there is a demand for statutory sex and relationship education – from teachers, parents, and young people. Since young people have a right to information that will keep them healthy and safe, Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) can form an important part of any school’s efforts to safeguard young people from abuse and is particularly needed to protect the most vulnerable children. Indeed if there is a safe educational environment to discuss sexual matters children who are abused will find it easier to voice any inappropriate situations.
More than three-quarters of parents want primary schools to teach about the difference between safe and unwanted touch – Lucy Emmerson.
As part of the recommendations, children in primary schools should be taught the proper names for genitalia as part of the national curriculum. Young children’s inability to name body parts represented a weakness in safeguarding. Children and young people should be taught the importance of respect and healthy relationships and to understand the role of the family – in all its forms.
In these days of social media and children as young as 14 being reported to pose in their underwear for their dp’s, young people might need to be made aware of appropriate and inappropriate actions.
What do you think? Weigh in on whether or not Sex and relationship education should be a mandatory part of the curriculum in primary and secondary schools.