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No Sex Education In Schools Says ED Minister

Schools in Indonesia for years have been offering sex education in efforts to make students aware of implications of free wheeling sex and to prevent spread of HIV. However, Education Minister Muhammad Nuh does not believe such education serves any sensible purpose and may even be dangerous. “I am perhaps an obsolete person. I do not see the significance of sex education in schools.” He notes students can continue receiving information about sex via the Internet and pornography materials are readily available. He prefers if teachers constantly check school bags for porno material and check student cell phones. His suggestions make as much sense as his comments concerning sex education in schools. If students ARE receiving information about sex via the Internet or through pornography films, doesn’t that make it even more necessary to educate them in school about sexual issues?

Pardon me, I am an obsolete man of 79 who no longer has to worry about sex. I assume my situation is close to that of Mr. Nuh.

Sex Education Week In Denmark

Sex education in Denmark is impacting large numbers of students and this week the high light will be focusing on many aspects of sex issues during Sex Week.” The program is voluntary and run by a family planning organization known as “Sex and Samfund(Sex and Society). Presently there is no compulsory sex education in primary schools, but many members of parliament are urging creation of such programs. In fact a coalition of parties is fighting for each class to have a certain number of hours devoted to the topic.

As an American I find myself reading about logical things being proposed by a government. I inhabit a country in which any sensible discussion about sex invariably is answered by a demand for government to stay out of the lives of children except when it comes to reading, writing and arithmetic. Perhaps, we Americans could send Denmark, our former governor of Alaska in exchange for a sensible person whose daughter never became pregnant and unmarried.

Sex Education War In Russia

In May, Russia signed the European Social Charter which provides that all nations will adhere to the concept of a “right to protection of health.” Most European nations interpret that statement to mean children will be provided information concerning health education. Russian education ignores issues dealing with sex education and the word “condom” doesn’t even appear in health books. Alexi Bobrik, of the Open Health Institute notes, “there is no sex education in the modern sense in Russia.” A parent protest already has formed in the country which claims sex education is a “looming evil.” A common view of anti-sex education advocates is that teaching children anything about the nature of sex destroys the romantic aspect of love in life.

Reality is Russia will not rush into any organized sex education for children given parental opposition and no support for such ventures from church groups. Most probably sex education will take small steps and hope the next generation will be more receptive– provided they don’t die from AIDS.

Should Sex Education Be Required For All Girls?

The Swedish government is proposing new laws that would require all girls attending school to be required to take sex education classes as well as participate in swimming activities. Education Minister Jan Bjorklund, insists “all pupils, including immigrant girls have the right to swimming lessons,” and the right to refuse will be eliminated in new legislation. She fears too many Muslim girls have parents who do not want their daughters to participate in sex education of be involved in swimming. “The will of the girl is often subordinated to what is considered to be the best interests of the family, the men’s or the group’s ‘honor’ base on the girl’s sexual behavior.” It is estimated 10% of girls refuse to participate in sex education or swimming.

The thin line between the rights of parents and the right of schools to have a curriculum is difficult to gauge. Certainly, no educator seeks to create problems in a family, but there is also need to expand the child’s contact with the world and that frequently results in conflict between school and family.

Tampons And Swedish Gays!

Swedish gay youth groups are furious at “sex educational material” being distributed by two major Tampon manufacturers– Libresse and OB– because their material is offensive to gays and other groups. One of the books indicates that for young people the idea of being a homosexual “is enough to send a shiver down the spine.” Another passage states that “if you are a Muslim you may not be allowed to have a girl friend or boyfriend.” Muslim girls are also advised to contact a gynecologist if they are concerned about not bleeding on their wedding night and the doctor can sew stitches in the vaginal opening.

The two manufacturers are distributing the materials to schools and inform educators the materials are geared to pupils aged 13-16. The two companies have pooled their materials in order to distribute them on a no cost basis to schools. This writer has absolutely no expertise regarding these issues, but they appear to lack a foundation based on medical expertise. It is surprising that a tampon company would be advising young Muslim girls about what to do on their wedding night.

British Schools Will Teach About Human Sexuality

The British Ministry of Education has announced all schools will now be required to teach sex education as part of the curriculum. From the age of five students will learn about puberty, sexual development, and explore social relationships. All schools will be involved in the curriculum although faith based institutions will be allowed to teach information concerning homosexuality, and contraception in a manner that is consistent with their religious faith. Supporters of the PSHE program believe it is essential to teach these subjects as part of the effort to reduce teenage pregnancies, alcoholism, and use of drugs.

Few will doubt the importance of providing information to children about these issues, but some critics raise legitimate issues such as how can still additional curriculum be injected into an already over-crowded curriculum. John Dunford of the Association of School and College Leaders is worried that once curriculum is made mandatory, it is simply a matter of time before authorities tell educators how to teach the subject, how to evaluate learning and how much time should be allocated to teaching.

Being against educating children for life is like being against motherhood. However, legitimate concerns about imposing mandatory curriculum can not be ignored. John Dunford is absolutely correct, it is must a matter of time before someone in London tells teachers all over Great Britain not just what they should teach, but how their teaching will be evaluated.