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Sex education... more harm than good?

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posted on Aug, 27 2010 @ 05:11 PM
Sex education... more harm than good?

British conservative MP, Stewart Jackson, has recently been slammed by sexual health experts for his recent comments about sex education where he appeared to blame the rise of STI’s (Sexually transmitted infections) on greater sex education...

Now, I do not want to get into a political debate. I am not a conservative and I do not believe that his, off the cuff, comments on twitter have been researched.

However, since the 1973 sex education has been a part of the British school curriculum. And, since its introduction, a lot has changed. In 1973 the amount of time spent on sex education was miniscule compared to today’s average time of 30 to 40 hours for kids aged 12 – 14.

I have also heard that there is currently an attempt to make sex education compulsory in primary schools, as well as secondary schools, in an attempt to combat rising teenage pregnancy rates.

What I want to ask is this... If sex education is an effective weapon against teenage pregnancy and STI’s, why have teenage pregnancy rates and STI infections risen steadily since the introduction of sex education in schools??

Surely this suggests that it is not an effective weapon???

Now I know that some people may think that sex education is fighting a losing battle against the rising tide of sexual material, which our children are exposed to in the media... The subtle sexualisation of children is undeniable as unscrupulous marketers seek new audiences to pedal their wares. Children’s clothes that are far too grown up, pop songs with increasingly provocative lyrics, children’s programmes with adult themes etc... All of this is undeniable and must have an effect on the minds of our children!!

But is sex education the best way to combat this? Or is it adding fuel to the fire??

Wouldn’t the simple solution be to return a sense of innocence to our children?? To FORCE the corporates to stop exploiting the natural desire of children to be like adults??

Having said all that, I would not advocate a complete ban on sex education... I think it has its place and can be a useful tool. However, in the current environment any good that it can do is completely swamped by the negative sexual stereotypes and subtle brainwashing from the corporate media!

Just my thoughts!

Oh just to add...

Teenage pregnancy rates did actually fall slightly (4%) in 2008... but I do not know the reason for this...

[edit on 27-8-2010 by Muckster]


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