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Politicians Diminish the Role of Parents

April 14, 2016

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By getting teachers to provide a message which is ostensibly the domain of the parent, it diminishes the vital role a parent should be playing as well as lumping an already time poor teacher with yet another topic to teach.

 

Students as young as 12 will study sexualised personal ads and write their own advertisements seeking the “perfect partner’’ as part of a new school curriculum supposed to combat family violence.

The classroom material includes an example ad from a “lustful, sexually generous’’ person seeking “sexy freak out with similarly intentioned woman’’.

Another ad — to be analysed by Year 8 students aged 12 and 13 — is from a “30-year-old blonde bombshell, wild and sexy, living in the fast lane’’.

“Can you keep up?’’ it asks.

A third example cites a “hot gay gal 19yo’’ who is seeking an “outgoing fem 18-25 into nature, sport and night-life for friendship and relationship’’.

Children are instructed to “write your own personal ad for the perfect partner’’.

The Building Respectful Relationships material, which is meant to prevent family violence, is replacing religious education lessons during class time in Victorian state schools this year. The Andrews Labor government yesterday announced it would spend $21.8 million over the next two years to expand the program to kindergarten and primary schools as part of its $572m package to combat family violence. The funding will target 120 “lighthouse schools’’ and train thousands of teachers, and up to 4000 childcare workers, to teach the respectful ­relationships program.

 

 

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Does Sex Education ‘Rape Children Of Their Innocence’?

January 10, 2016

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The parent that declared that sex education “rapes children of their innocence” is entitled to her opinion, but I disagree.

Nice use of hyperbole but off the mark in a big way.

Still, I am not in favour of compulsory sex education in schools. Below are the reasons I come to this unpopular conclusion.

 

It adds to a ridiculously over-crowded curriculum – People sometimes forget that teachers have a job, and that job is to cover the curriculum, with a focus on the fundamentals. By adding programs, which sound good on the surface, such as anti-gambling, gender issues, drug education, anti-smoking, resilience and diversity, we are being hamstrung in covering the very material we are specifically charged to teach.

You do realise they are learning this stuff at school? – All the programs that are mentioned above and others such as anti-bullying as cyber safety are wonderful programs, but do they work at school level? My experience has been – no. One of the reasons I have taken such an interest in the How to UnMake a Bully series is its ability to transcend a classroom preachiness and get students to make healthier choices without it feeling like a school subject. But this series is in the minority. Most programs are preachy, condescending and written by academics with no real insight into how children really think and feel. Most are full of classroom exercises, which may as well be code for “tune out activities” as far as school students are concerned. What you are left with, for all its good intentions, is a train wreck. Kids approach these lessons with either sarcasm or boredom. It may as well be another mindless trigonometry lesson as far as they are concerned. Whilst the intentions of these programs are sound, we should judge these initiatives by the results not its intentions.

Let’s expect more from parents – Let’s not make our teachers pseudo parents.  Let’s be a society that expects our parents to, well, actually “parent”. It is not the job of the teacher to educate the students in this area. That is the job for the parent. Parents are entitled to hold views about sex that are unique and unpopular, and they are similarly entitled to hold their children to those views, until the children can form their own beliefs. It’s not the job of the teacher to interfere in these matters. I realise that some parents choose to forgo their duties and omit these important discussions, but that is where society should step in. Instead of enabling them to be so lax, they should be reminding them about the need to address these issues with their children. If they don’t, it’s simply not good enough. Telling parents that if they don’t do it someone else will enables them to be mediocre. Do we really want to encourage our parents to be mediocre?

 

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Sex Education is the Job of Parents Not Teachers

October 15, 2015

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Ultimately, a teacher’s job is to cover the curriculum and a parents job is to, well … um – parent.

When you allow schools to preach on the subject of sex education, you open yourself up for scandals like this one:

 

Teachers at a school embroiled in the Trojan horse scandal distributed a document to male pupils claiming wives could not refuse sex from their husbands, a professional disciplinary hearing has heard.

A former teacher at Park View school in Birmingham told the hearing she was “absolutely horrified” when she was made aware of the document.

The teacher, who can be identified only as Witness A, said it was given to the pupils by three male staff members who were teaching sex education lessons at the school, including Akeel Ahmed and Inamulhaq Anwar, who are facing disciplinary hearings by the National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).

 

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It’s Time to Scrap Sex Ed in Schools

July 3, 2015

 

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After the latest sex ed scandal, I think it’s high time we made a distinction between teaching that belongs at school and teaching that is best handled by parents at home.

I am not a prude and I understand that there are some bad parents out there who refuse to meet the basic expectations of their role, but the overcrowded school system should not be expected to take on the slack left by parents. It is the responsibility of parents to teach their children about sex, drugs, alcohol, gambling and body image. By handballing these all important life lessons to the classroom, we are enabling parents to continue to act inert and unresponsive.

The comments that caused this latest furor were quite shocking and deeply inappropriate. It was also an attempt to teach girls about having self respect. But you cant teach children how to love themselves. You have to show them they are special, prove to them they are worthwhile and try to extoll their virtues whilst building on their weaknesses. It is extremely unlikely a program or classroom lesson will ever get a child who hates themselves to change the way they perceive themselves.

As I’ve argued before, these programs are essentially boring, preachy, expensive and a burden to teachers trying to cover a crowded curriculum. To students they are just an extension of everything else they dislike about school. In other words, not inspiring at all!

 

Year 7 girls have been warned not to have multiple sex partners or risk becoming like overused sticky tape, in a Christian sex education program at a public Victorian high school.

The students at Fairhills High School, in Knoxfield in Melbourne’s outer east, were also told that a chemical released in females’ brains made them more needy than boys.  

A booklet titled ‘Science & Facts’, that was given to the students, said that “girls are needier than guys in a relationship and always want to be close”.

It said that a chemical called oxytocin, is released when “two people touch”, and was produced by women more than men, making them needier. 

“If a woman becomes physically close and hugs a guy for 20 seconds it will trigger the bonding process, creating a greater desire to be near him. Then if the guy wants to take the relationship further it will become harder for her to say no,” the booklet said.

It warned that having too many relationships could break “this special chemical bond” and harm a woman’s capacity to form future relationships.

“Having multiple sex partners is almost like tape that loses its stickiness after being applied and removed multiple times. So the more you have the harder it is to bond to the next,” it said.

The booklet was given out during a weekly youth program run by Epic Youth, which is part of a Melbourne Pentecostal megachurch called CityLife, and was delivered during school hours in June.

 

 

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Teacher Takes Class on a Field Trip to a Sex Shop

June 3, 2015

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I am not a big fan of sex ed taught in schools but I understand the arguments for it and realise that I am in the minority.

I think that a field trip to a sex shop, a place that sells material which degrades women, is highly inappropriate, but if the school and parents allow it, who am I to argue against it.

What I wont concede on however, is the incompetence involved in arranging for such a trip without consulting the parents of the students beforehand:

 

A sex education teacher has drawn the ire of parents after taking middle – and high-school students on a field trip to an adult novelty store in Minneapolis.

Gaia Democratic School director Starri Hedges took about a dozen students to the Smitten Kitten last week. Hedges told the Star Tribune that she wanted to provide a safe environment for students to learn about human sexual behavior.

Besides offering adult books, videos, toys and other products, the store also has educational workshops, which the students attended.

“What I saw happening on our trip, I thought it was beautiful because kids could talk to these sex educators without any shame, without any fear,” Hedges said. Some of her students bought condoms, she said.

The small K-12 school has a motto that promises academic freedom, youth empowerment and democratic education. Parents say it has about 25 students. Tax records show the school, housed in a Unitarian church, has an annual budget of about $100,000.

Parent Lynn Floyd’s 11- and 13-year-old daughters were on the field trip. Floyd says the trip was “a major breach of trust” and has withdrawn his children from the school. Floyd said he is most troubled that parents were never notified before the trip.

“I just struggled to think that I wasn’t involved in that,” he said.

Hedges said that she “unfortunately didn’t communicate well enough with parents ahead of time” about the trip. Pornographic items were off limits to the children, Hedges said, but sex toys and other products were visible.

 

 

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The Five Day School Trip that Resulted in 7 Students Getting Pregnant

December 22, 2014

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This will not go down as one of the most successful school camps of all time:

 

SEVEN girls, aged 13 to 15, have fallen pregnant after a five-day school trip to their country’s capital city and their parents are being blamed.

The schoolgirls, from the city of Banja Luka, went to the Bosnia and Herzegovina capital, Sarajevo.

Nenad Babici, the National Coordinator for Reproductive Health of the Republika, told Inserbia.info that it was discovered that the seven schoolgirls fell pregnant on the school trip.

The school in Banja Luka had taken 28 girls to the nation’s capital city for a five-day trip to visit museums and historic sights in the city, ranked among the finest in the world.

Furious parents are demanding to know why there was such a lack of teacher supervision, reported the Daily Mail.

However, Babici blamed parents for not educating their children properly.

 

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School Distributes Condoms to 6th Graders

June 7, 2014

 

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I was under the impression that 6th graders were just at the age of puberty. It saddens me that pre-teens are thought to be in need of such drastic measures. Surely there is an alternate way to get kids as young as that to make smart decisions:

 

An Oregon school district plans to offer condoms to students starting in sixth grade as part of an updated sex education policy aimed at decreasing teen pregnancy, sparking debate over whether 11-year-olds are too young for such a program.

The plan by the rural Gervais School District comes after a 2013 survey by nursing students found that 7 percent of district high school girls had experienced pregnancy and 42 percent of students reported “never” or “sometimes” using protection.

“Over the past few decades, teen pregnancy in our community has remained somewhat constant, but higher than the board felt comfortable with,” Superintendent Rick Hensel said in a blog post dated Monday.

The district school board approved the sex education policy earlier this month for sixth through 12th graders in the tiny town north of Salem, and Hensel said administrators would hash out details this summer to be implemented in the fall.

The board decided to include middle school students because the middle and high schools are close in proximity and run by the same administration – and because middle school girls are getting pregnant too.

“Every few years, a middle school student either becomes pregnant or is associated with a pregnancy,” he said. “The board felt that the curriculum should reach the students of the middle school.”

But some question whether sixth graders, who are typically 11 or 12 years old, need condoms.

“I have to say that sixth grade to me seems incredibly young,” said Amita Vyas, assistant Professor and Director of the Maternal and Child Health Program at George Washington University. “We really don’t see high rates of sexual activity when we are looking at 13 and under.”

But she said educating young students and keeping them engaged with teachers and parents is a useful way to decrease teen pregnancy.


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Should High Schools Install Condom Vending Machines?

December 27, 2012

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Whilst I would ideally wish that condom vending machines were not on school grounds, I can understand why there is a push for them. What I didn’t realise was just how bad the STD ‘epidemic’ was among teenagers:

One-third of Philadelphia’s high schools will be offering free condoms to students in a pilot effort to fight “an epidemic of sexually transmitted disease” in the city, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Students will return to 22 schools following the holiday break to see new clear plastic condom dispensers installed inside the nurse’s office, WTXF reports. While 12 schools in the city already offer condom in health resource centers, the new move aims to increase contraceptive access to students in a city where teens comprise 25 percent of new HIV infections.

The initiative has sparked outrage among a number of Philadelphia parents, who say free condoms will only serve to encourage teens to engage in sexual activity. But school officials point out that parents are able to sign a waiver to opt their child out of the program, and teens will have sex regardless of whether condoms are made easily available to them.

“The reality is: Many of our teenagers, regardless of what adults think, are engaged in sexual activities,” Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter told the Inquirer. “Discussion about whether or not they should be sexually active is an appropriate discussion, but if they are, then we need to make sure they’re engaged in safe sexual practices.”

Across the U.S., at least 418 public schools make condoms available to students, according to Advocates for Youth, a group dedicated to educate and assist young people in sexual health. Of those schools, more than half distribute condoms via school nurses or teachers, while just 3 percent use “vending machines.”

The dispenser program in Philadelphia comes after a new initiative in Springfield, Mass. made waves this year for making condoms available to both high school and middle school students, giving students as young as 12 free access to contraceptives at school.

New York City school officials also sparked controversy in September, when the Department of Education announced a plan to make Plan B emergency contraception available to high school girls at 13 schools across the city. Under the program, an effort to curb the city’s teen pregnancy and abortion rate, girls as young as 14 are able to get the morning after pill without parental consent.

New York’s pilot initiative was launched as an addendum to an existing program that distributes free condoms to students.

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Teaching Union Wants Porn on the National Curriculum

October 25, 2012


The Teachers Union is struggling to be relevant. They can shout and scream, but as recent times have shown, they are neither good for students nor education as a whole. There will be plenty of us that have been assisted by the union and others that have had no benefit from the association. But if they were as relevant today as they once were, they wouldn’t see the need to grab for outrageous headlines.

It is important to note how desperate the union is becoming and how stupid their ideas are. Putting porn on the curriculum would have no real benefit for the child and would represent a legal minefield for teachers and schools.

Children as young as 11 are becoming addicted to internet pornography giving them ‘unrealistic expectations’ of sex, according to new research.

It is now ‘common practice’ for schoolchildren to access hard core pornography at an early age and become desensitised to sexual images.

A study, published by Plymouth University, said that more children are finding themselves ‘hooked’ on internet porn before they become sexually active, leading to problems in later life.

The news comes as a teaching union said yesterday that children as young as ten should learn about pornography as part of the national curriculum.

Ten year-olds being taught about pornography? Are you serious? For every ten year-old that views pornography there are many who have had next to no exposure to it.

It is not the role of a classroom teacher to offer a ‘realistic expectation of sex’. That is the job of the parent. Parents have the responsibility of raising their kids, setting limitations on what they watch and how much they watch and it is their job to educate on personal areas such as sex.

The union should know this better than anyone.

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Adding Sex Education to the Curriculum Comes at the Expense of Something Else

July 5, 2012

Firstly, I believe that it is the parents job to educate their children about sex. As a parent, I believe that it would be a blight on my parenting skills if I left such an important conversation topic to my child’s teachers.

Secondly, although in a perfect world, it would be nice to include every cause and every topic of importance into the curriculum, it is simply not realistic. Adding sex education into the curriculuum would come at the expense of time dedicated to english, maths, science and history. I don’t think that is a good result for students:

But a national survey of 15-29 year olds shows that sexual education across Australian schools ranges from no sexual education or minimal classes focusing on the dangers of sexual activity, to comprehensive lessons on the benefits, as well as the risks, of sexual relationships.

Research shows that less than half of sexually active school students report always using a condom during sex. But, the national survey said, condom use was declining and although young people account for 75 per cent of sexually transmitted infections, just 10 per cent of young people thought they were at risk of contracting an STI or AIDs.

AYAC’s deputy director (young people), Maia Giordana, said with the federal government rolling out national curriculum subject areas, the time was right for reform.”In some schools it’s being taught really comprehensively, and in other schools it’s not really happening at all,” Ms Giordana said.

The assertion that children are choosing not to use condoms because of a lack of education is just plain misleading. Could someone show me evidence that proves that a school sex education program leads to less cases of sexually transmitted diseases?
When will they realise that our curriculum is overcrowded as it is?

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