Compulsory Sex Education in Scottish Schools… Or Compulsory Child Abuse?

animatedchildrenplayingA petition has called for statutory sex and relationship education in Scotland’s schools.

Schools should be compelled by law to teach sex and relationship education, according to a youth organisation which provides sex education.

A Scottish Parliament committee is to consider a petition from Sexpression:UK.

The group said Scotland had a high rate of teenage pregnancy, sexually-transmitted infections and homophobia.

The Scottish Parliament Information Centre said local authorities were mainly responsible for sex education.

The petition calls on MSPs “to urge the Scottish government to introduce comprehensive sex and relationship education (SRE) into the Scottish education curriculum and make it statutory for all schools to teach”.

Jack Fletcher, advocacy representative at Sexpression:UK and an Aberdeen University medical student, is to appear before Holyrood’s Public Petitions Committee.

‘Needs improvement’

“At present, there is no statutory SRE in the Scottish education system,” Mr Fletcher said.

“I feel very strongly that this is an area that needs vast improvement and that legislation should be passed for comprehensive high-quality SRE to be taught as statutory in schools at primary and secondary level, with age-appropriate measures taken towards content.

“This is a priority because although teenage pregnancy has fallen greatly in recent years, the rates in Scotland are still one of the highest in Europe.

Sexually-transmitted infections are still rife due to lack of contraception use.”

 “Homophobia is rife in schools and this is an issue that needs effective confrontation, of which education is key.”

He added: “Consent is a huge area of ambiguity and this only adds to sexual violence, rape and verbal harassment.

animatedteacher2“This is not treated with the concern it deserves”

The organisation claimed that nearly a quarter of schools had no SRE-trained staff, while three-quarters of denominational schools would not discuss contraception.

In advice to MSPs, the Scottish Parliament Information Centre said only religious education and Gaelic instruction in certain regions of Scotland were enshrined in law.

“Rather than being set out in statute, the school curriculum is established through guidance issued by Education Scotland,” it said.

“The Scottish government note that responsibility for sex and relationship education lies primarily with local authorities.”  (emphases added)  Source

You can watch Jack Fletcher give evidence to the Public Petitions committee live or on demand at BBC Scotland’s Democracy Live website.

Comment

As if brainwashing children via the media  into thinking that they can’t even buy a tube of toothpaste without thinking whether or not it will attract the opposite sex, and as if the media preoccupation with sexual matters hasn’t already sexualised children big time, the sexperts now want even more power over young minds and souls.  Any teacher of religious and moral education will tell you that the subject is never far away from the surface in Scottish classrooms as elsewhere. So, should we see this latest move to force-feed the young with sexual matters as a particularly sinister development?   DOES compulsory sex education equate to institutionalised child abuse?  I’m only asking the questions – you provide the answers, please and thank you!

22 responses

    • Wendy,

      I agree completely. But – as ever with this topic and other pro-life issues – I can’t help wondering where are all the (rest of the) activists? I fairly frequently see important issues raised on Lifesitenews (I receive their daily bulletins) but seldom post a thread on any of them because there seems – amazingly – so little interest.

      Anyway, you remind me of the well known saying “if you want something done, ask a busy person” – I know how hard you work in the pro-life movement, yet you have been first on here to comment on this scandal.

      Thank you!

    • Wendy Walker,

      I’m afraid I find the home-schoolers a bit inward looking. They don’t seem to care about the bigger picture, as long as their own children are OK. I suppose that’s natural in a way but it would be good to see some leadership coming from them over this issue. I doubt it though – there was the same lack of interest over the Named Person for every child in Scotland which ended in the Bill going through Holyrood without any bother.

      • Margaret Mary,

        I still think parents should home-school if possible. I agree they tend to be passive, not showing much of an interest in Catholic Action but for the sake of protecting children from explicit sex education and immoral influences generally, I’d say go ahead and home-school. Nothing is perfect, but home-schooling is the best option of parents who don’t want their children to be corrupted today IMHO.

      • I don’t think you can generalise like that about home-schoolers. They’re not all inward looking. I know home-schoolers who send their children to clubs and sports etc to mix with neighbourhood children.

  1. The hierarchy have been complicit in the degeneration of so-called sex education for years. I remember a booklet they published some 20-30 years ago, entitled “How to Teach Your Child About Sex”. It was a scandalous document, some of which is too cringeworthy to mention. When I tackled a priest I knew (and who had been very supportive in pro-life) I was amazed at his acceptance of it; he told me I had to open my mind. The final chapter in a booklet about sex had a picture of Our Lady and the heading “She Did Not Turn Away” and my mind was indeed opened, but not in the way he intended.

    • Therese,

      That is truly shocking about that priest defending such a scandalous document. The rot set in a good long while ago, that’s now clear and it’s difficult to see how it can be put right unless parents get up in arms and refuse to co-operate. I’m not sure many of them care enough.

  2. I actually thought sex education was already compulsory in all UK schools. So, this is news to me.

    Until parents take back their own authority in this area, the sex education people will continue to push out the boundaries. I think this comment at the end of the report, is crucial:

    “The Scottish government note that responsibility for sex and relationship education lies primarily with local authorities.”

    Parents should be correcting that mistaken view. The responsibility of all education lies primarily with the parents. Why are so few parents aware of that?

    • I’m am sad and very worried about this idea of compulsory sex education combined with the stateguardian or named person idea. I don’t think people realise how dangerous this will be. Maybe they think it won’t affect them. This is communism slowly creeping in. This is the evil fruits of the warnings of the Fatima message being brought into action. These policies and laws will be applied to innocent people. I had a workman at my home yesterday who when I got into a conversation with him about yesterday’s news about the new idea of smart cards for those on government benefits. The conversation developed and I asked about Fatima, I was surprised to hear that he had heard about Fatima from his late mother but did not link it with what was happening in the world. He also had not heard of the named person or the compulsory sex education. He did say he turned the news off yesterday as he was disgusted with what he did hear. People are missing out on what is truly happening and also don’t seem to do anything with the few things they do hear about. It is so true about the saying “well if it doesn’t affect me, then they can do what they like”! All these new ideas, policies and laws are going to have a serious impact on us all, no natter what class status you put yourself in. This is truly Fatima unfolding before our eyes! I believe it will be here in full force very soon. Pray the rosary and add some catholic action into your life and make a stance against this evil government even if you think it is a waste of time!

      • Catherine,

        I couldn’t agree more. People who switch off the news really are stupid. If nothing else, we should all know what is going on in the world around us. Saying that, I know that the news we get is filtered and censored, but at least we have some idea of what is happening, although you had to watch closely to catch the news about the law on the Named Person, as that was kept under wraps until very close to the time and only discussed a couple of times on TV before the Scottish Government pushed it through Parliament.

        Fatima is definitely unfolding before us. I couldn’t agree more.

      • Catherine,

        Like you, it worries me about the state guardian/named person and compulsory sex education. It would be all too easy to remove children from their homes, if parents object about this serious matter.

        How early, are these planning to (educate) children? From five year olds and upwards? Or, will they start those attending kindergartens – maybe, one or two years olds, onwards?

        Masonic and communistic policies indeed! Too true Catherine, we must pray the rosary and more, especially for the Pope and Bishops to Consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

      • Catherine,

        This is definitely Fatima unfolding as you say, and the same about Quito where Our Lady spoke of the attack on innocence in the twentieth century. It is just mind-blowing to think we are actually witnessing what has been foretold.

  3. I enjoined a battle against sex-ed in our local primary school (In Ireland) a few years ago.I plowed a lonely furrow against the apathy of many of the other parents and also the hostility of a few of them that were actively promoting it.

    The teachers themselves appeared brainwashed by their training and seemed to be on board with the whole programme. All the while a massive Government/media campaign was running to brow beat parents into accepting it. Irish Family Planning Association.(pro abortion) were also behind this push.(no surprise there!)

    Due to the efforts of a the all too few parents around the country and a lot of prayer,it was established that parents had the constitutional right to withdraw their child from the R.S.E. class but even that right was circumvented when The Irish government set up a committee to look into the setting up of a new curriculum which had some ex-members of the I.F.P,A. embedded in it. Lo and behold it was decided to stream the R.S.E lessons in a cross/curricular fashion,which of course meant that it was now a case of smoke and mirrors!

    Incidently it was also around this time, that the Irish government introduced a series of draconian measures aimed at discouraging anyone who might go down the road of home-schooling. (I believe that the recent case highlighted on CT) is testament to the fact that home-schoolers will be given a hard time.

    Sorry about the long post.JMJ

    • Tommy,

      I am always extremely sad when I think of the way Ireland has gone in recent years. It’s really incredible.

      You have done well to take a lead in fighting the sex education there. I remember that case of the home schooler who had to fight the state. It really is both unbelievable and very sad. I’m glad my Irish grandparents are not alive to witness what has happened to the faith in Ireland.

    • Tommy,

      “The teachers themselves appeared brainwashed”

      That is so true and if you put that together with the way the parents have also been brainwashed and just accept everything, then you have to ask what chance do the children really have?

    • Tommy,

      Well done for “ploughing that lonely furrow” – it never ceases to amaze me how so many parents just don’t care about what their children are taught in the name of “sex and relationships education” in school. Some years ago, in conversation with a couple of parents, I offered to send them some material showing the kind of explicit stuff their primary school son would be likely to see, even at that time, but the mother replied quickly “I don’t want to know”. Unbelievable.

      So, you are to be warmly commended for your courage in taking the lead in your local primary school, and for coming on here to help us try to awaken the consciences of those who apparently don’t care much if at all.

  4. To answer the question in the title of this thread – yes, it’s compulsory child abuse. There is no question at all in my mind about that. Teaching children about sexual matters and making it easy for them through contraception and abortion to be sexually active, is nothing if not child abuse.

    • Nicky,

      You are so right. I’ve even heard of the “sexperts” saying girls at risk from abuse within the family – i.e. incest – should be put onto contraceptives to “protect” them. But think about it, they’re really protecting the father, are they not? I see that as preparing the girl to be abused. One of the few things I remember agreeing with Cardinal O’Brien about was when he called sex education “institutional child abuse”. It’s shocking. It is mind blowing to think that the majority of parents are so brainwashed that they don’t see how dangerous all this sex-ed actually is.

      • Josephine,

        “One of the few things I remember agreeing with Cardinal O’Brien about was when he called sex education “institutional child abuse”.

        Me, too. I can’t see how any parent or teacher in their right mind would want to give young children explicit sex education.

  5. Thank you to all who commented on this important topic.

    I’m now about to close the September threads with thanks to those who contributed to our discussions throughout the month.

    God bless.

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