Sex education will soon become compulsory across UK schools, in a sweeping change prompted by MPs and lobbyists. Under the new change, children over the age of 4 will be taught about “safe and healthy relationships”, with same-sex marriage activists campaigning for this to include LGBTI themes.
Previously, basic sex education was required only in biology lessons and mandated at a local level. However, the new changes will mean that a more complex sex and relationships education (SRE) will be part of the national curriculum in the UK.
As part of this, some lobbyists are arguing for children to be forced to learn about homosexual relationships, without any right for parents to withdraw their children from such classes, even if what is being taught is in conflict with their beliefs. Stephen Evans, spokesperson for the National Secular Society (NSS), argued that providing parents the right to withdraw their children from classes that do not agree with their religious beliefs is “unacceptable”.
“The Government’s ‘21st century relationships and sex education’ will not be worthy of that billing if it allows young people’s rights to be retarded by religion.”
He[Evans] said that schools are an “ideal place” to encourage a “sexually autonomous younger generation”, and decried a lack of “explicit reference to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the proposals”.
The denial of the right of parents to withdraw children from sex education classes which do not conform with their beliefs has been seen in other countries where same-sex marriage has been legalised. In Canada, parent Steve Tourloukis was told by the Ontario Superior Court that he could not excuse his children from learning about same-sex sexual activity.
Here in Australia, parental rights are being denied in a different way, because in some states, parents are not even required to be notified about what their children are learning in sex education. The ACT recently introduced gender theory curriculum – very similar to Safe Schools – which does not require parental consent. In Victoria, even children with special needs and children with existing mental health issues are being taught radical gender theory.
It’s not only the parents who are objecting. Educational experts say time is limited at schools, and detailed, ‘inclusive’ sex education could take away valuable time from other (more meaningful) subjects. Mark Lehaine, principal of Bedford Free School and member of various educational boards, told The Times Educational Supplement:
Some will argue that no choice has to be made – that it’s possible to teach academic work and an array of additional material to help children develop. This is only true to a point. Every time we allocate time, money or staff to do one thing over another there is an opportunity-cost analysis to be undertaken – and we must understand that.
If teachers taught everything from understanding personal finance to avoiding or dealing with pornography, there would be no time for anything else.
Our schools have greater freedoms in how they run themselves than ever before, but there are only so many hours in the day, and only so much money and so many staff available. I think it’s time we had some difficult and honest conversations about what we can realistically ask our schools to do – and that includes whether teaching SRE is, in fact, a good use of our teaching time. Or whether students would be better off if we used the time to teach something else instead.
Schools are increasingly becoming weapons in the fight to push radical social engineering. Teachers have justifiably complained that their time is too limited to include such extensive gender theory into the curriculum. However, it seems the LGBTI lobby will stop at nothing in the fight their agendas to be pushed onto children, even at the expense of basic education.
These changes in the UK are indicative of what we will face here in Australia if radical ideologies are allowed to redefine our society. It is imperative that we keep our schools from being legally forced to teach radical sex and gender curriculums to our children– whether the child is ready or not. If we hope to protect our children from these extremist ideologies, then we must protect parental rights.
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