SHOULD SEX EDUCATION BE REFORMED IN BRITISH SCHOOLS? – The last time Sex Education was updated in our schools was some 13 years ago.
Today’s sex education consists mainly, according to some pupils, of the biologic aspects; that is simply reproduction and how it occurs.
With the explosion of the internet and with it pornography and social media some students now feel that it is time to reform sex education so that pupils are taught more about the social aspects of sex.
Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg took a question from one teenager who was extremely articulate and gave her views.
Nick Clegg is in agreement with the teenager stating that he had debated this issue with his coalition partners and that the Education Secretary, Michael Gove, doesn’t want to push schools into reforming the sex education curriculum as he feels that this could ‘over-burden’ teachers.
According to research teenagers are often pressured into sex as both boys and girls view more online pornography. With internet bullying on the social networks; much of it sexually related, there now appears a real need to update what our children are being taught.
Michael Gove does agree in part but feels that the Government should not micro-managed the education system but rather leave it to the teachers to decide what they feel is right their pupils.
Sex, despite living in a modern and so-called ‘enlightened age’ still remains a taboo subject however questions are being asked whether we should reform education from its current offering or simply continue to allow children to gain their knowledge from the internet; unfortunately for many this means trawling through the vast amount of pornography that is widely and freely available online.
There is little doubt that some feel that our kids are highly susceptible to what they view online and much of the material is either inaccurate or simply fantasist material. Often children feel embarrassed to ask their parents or teachers about what they have read or seen and this only fuels ignorance that puts them at greater risk.
There is no question that society has changed; we’ve moved from a few pornographic magazines under the bed where often people were embarrassed to buy them to a digital age where pornography, covering all aspects, is prolific.
So what steps do we take? It is a delicate balance but the truth is that if we do not teach our kids in an open and honest way then we run the very real risk of them seeking out information on the internet; this is turn could lead to greater confusion or worse misinformation.
Over the last couple of days the pornography industry in the United States has been thrown into turmoil after a number of pornography celebrities have been diagnosed with HIV / AIDS. The issue here is that if we are not willing to be more open and teach our children properly then we run the very high risk of exposing them to these types of dangers.
Much of the debate really comes down to the parents and whether they would support reform to sex education in order to teach our children the realities of social interaction, biological reproduction and the varying aspects of sexual intercourse.