Sex Education Compulsory In UK
The British government is introducing a plan that makes sex education compulsory from age 5 through secondary school. All secondary schools will have to teach students about contraceptives although faith schools will have to option to also teach that sex outside of marriage or homosexuality are not in accordance with their religious beliefs. Parents have the right to have their children opt-out of the sex education program.
The core curriculum endeavors to teach about sex and the use of contraceptives in the context of teenage relationships and will emphasize both physical and emotional changes that impact the lives of young people. Five year olds will learn about their body changes while nine year old children will explore in greater detail the physical and emotional development process as it relates to their sexual development.
The core curriculum will also confront issues of bullying and emphasize dangers posed by cyber bullying which increasingly has become an issue in schools both in England and elsewhere in the world. Headteachers are concerned that another item has been added to the curriculum without anything being deleted. They believe it adds pressure in a curriculum they presently regard as being overwhelming.
Headteachers are raising a critical issue regarding curriculum in schools. There is constant pressure to add new items that relate to issues faced by teenagers and society. Is there need at some point to examine the entire curriculum in order to deal with the issue that for everything added, something is deleted in the instructional process because there is only so much time?
Tags: United Kingdom
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