Sex education is an important part of growing up, but an increasing number of parents are opting to pull their children out of school-based programs…
Parents in the UK could lose the right to remove their children from school-based sex education classes as part of changes to both the primary and secondary school curriculum. Currently, sex education is compulsory in all British secondary schools, but the new curriculum will see that this education begins in the later stages of primary school.
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UK education minister Kirsty Williams says that the decision is complex and comes down to what is best for children. “We don’t give parents the right to withdraw from specific parts of the curriculum…so it’s about checking in to see if these rights are still appropriate as we move forward,” she told TV program Wales Live. “We will do this sensitively…and we’re not charging ahead in a gung-ho fashion because we realise these are complex but highly important issues.” Under the new changes, primary and secondary schools would both be required to teach sex and relationships education ensuring “diversity and difference across a range of identities related to relationships, sex, gender and sexuality.” A number of religious groups have expressed concern about abolishing the right of parents to remove their child from such classes, though the church in Wales has said that there is a need to move with the times and improve tolerance.
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In Australia, sex education is usually taught from Year 5 onwards, with a largely biological focus, but there are calls to integrate a discussion of the emotional, cultural and psychological issues that accompany these changes. Netflix’s recent series, Sex Education, follows a fictional group of British teenagers as they struggle to navigate the challenges of being a teenager without the guidance of these school-based education programs. The constant heartbreak, chaos and pregnancy scare that they experience are enough to highlight the potential consequences of a lack of accurate information…
While every child develops at a different rate, physically and emotionally, school-based sex education programs ensure those in upper primary and secondary school have access to information and support that is age appropriate. That being said, parents remain the best judges of what is right for their child, so it’s important to have a positive relationship with your their teacher so you can communicate any concerns.
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