I am heartily sick today of reading and hearing prudes lambasting and frothing at the mouth over plans to make sex and relationship education compulsory from age five.
The rubbish argument that "it steals children's childhood" and "I don't want children being told about sexual intercourse" or in one case "Why does my five year old need to know how to put on a condom" shows a massive failure on behalf of prudes to either do research of their own or read. The most important word they have missed is "relationship" as all day these self serving prudes (notably all very well to do and middle class and not those so often affected by teenage pregnancies in their families) have chose to focus rather perversely on sex and ignore relationships.
As I understand it, what the government is arguing is that sex and relationship education should not be optional. For starters, this has got to be right. Teenagers should not be forced to miss out on knowing about STIs just because they parents are too afraid to let their children be taught real facts. Likewise, what is wrong with children learning a basic knowledge of how a baby develops and how relationships are important, which would be the main focus of teaching for those aged five and six ?
No, sadly the agenda (fed by the media) has been obsessed with the word SEX, and ignored the actual point of what the government has announced. Sadly though, all those who have been selective in their arguments seem to believe in the Sarah Palin view of sex education, and look where that got her daughter !
The fact is we have the highest rate of teenage pregnancy in Europe and if we want to do something about it the first step is education, and it should never be optional.