Government Consultation on Sex Education





Sex Education has become compulsory in schools. Many would say that the state is undermining parents, is heavily promoting the LGBT agenda, is undermining marriage and is failing to promote a true understanding of sex and love.

But a new Government consultation gives us the opportunity to let the state know how sex education should be taught. You could highlight the need for parental involvement and the dangers of pornography.

If you’re a parent, teacher or other concerned organisation, I know this will matter to you and it worth spending a bit of time on. So, when you get a chance, please respond to this consultation and let the Department of Education know how you think sex education should be taught.

The survey primarily wants to know what subject areas you think should be taught in RSE and PSHE (Personal, Social Health and Economic education – PSHE is often seen as an extension of RSE where many topics overlap, but where topics such as drugs, alcohol, bullying and consumer advice are also included).

You can only write 250 words and if you have nothing to say for a particular question, don’t put anything.

CitizenGo are a lobby group that seeks to help Christians make their views clear on subjects like this one. They have suggested the following guidance in making your point on the Governments online survey.

  1. You should emphasise that parents remain the primary educators of their children and schools should assist parents in this task, not undermine their authority in this respect. As such, insofar as RSE does take place in schools, it should always be done with the explicit consent and knowledge of parents who must always retain the right to withdraw their children from such classes if they wish. Sex education has an inherently moral aspect which goes beyond consent alone, and parents’ input is essential to ensure that this most important aspect of education is not lost.

  1. You should emphasise the danger of online pornography. Typically when this is discussed at schools, it is done in a non-judgemental manner. Except of course, the moral aspect of pornography is inescapable: in conjunction with parents, schools should teach about the danger of pornography, and how it effects personal relationships – even leading to their destruction – and exploits those individuals who participate in it. Pornography is now widely available and multiple sources attest to the alarming numbers of teenagers and children who access porn. (Just think, a smart-phone without any internet filters amounts to access to a XXX-rated video shop in your, or your child’s, pocket!)
  2. You might want to talk about the dangers of sexting (the taking and sending of sexually explicit photos usually on mobile phones) and emphasise not only that it is illegal, but also how potentially dangerous it is and how children should not be doing this under any circumstances.

As I have said before, one of the difficulties with teaching RSE in schools, is that the school and many individual teachers are basically not equipped to teach children about the true meaning of love and sexuality. With parents, schools should really be teaching children about their own inherent worth and dignity, as well as about the true meaning of love (as involving self-sacrifice for another) and responsibility.

As I said, these are only some thoughts and if there is anything from your own experience or anything important that you wish to add, please do so.

This consultation goes on until the 12th FEBRUARY, so you make sure you fill it in when you get a chance!