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  1. #1 No Right Or Wrong On Sex Ed From Parents, Brits Warned. 
    Parents told: avoid morality in sex lessons

    Jack Grimston
    PARENTS should avoid trying to convince their teenage children of the difference between right and wrong when talking to them about sex, a new government leaflet is to advise.

    Instead, any discussion of values should be kept “light” to encourage teenagers to form their own views, according to the brochure, which one critic has called “amoral”.

    Talking to Your Teenager About Sex and Relationships will be distributed in pharmacies from next month as part of an initiative led by Beverley Hughes, the children’s minister.

    The leaflet comes in the wake of the case of Alfie Patten, the 13-year-old boy from East Sussex who fathered a child with a 15-year-old girl and sparked a debate about how to cut rates of teenage parenthood. It advises: “Discussing your values with your teenagers will help them to form their own. Remember, though, that trying to convince them of what’s right and wrong may discourage them from being open.”

    The leaflet suggests that parents should start the “big talk” with children as young as possible, before they pick up “misinformation” from their peers in adolescence. The best way to raise the topic may be while performing mundane tasks such as “washing the car . . . washing up, watching TV, etc”, it says.

    The leaflet provides technical information on different forms of contraception, from condoms to implants, and will reignite the row over the government’s “value-free” approach to sex education.

    Simon Calvert, deputy director of the Christian Institute, attacked the leaflet, saying: “The idea that the government is telling families not to pass on their values is outrageous.

    “Preserving children’s innocence is a worthy goal. We would like to see more of that kind of language rather than this amoral approach where parents are encouraged to present their children with a smorgasbord of sexual activities and leave them to make up their own minds.”

    Linda Blair, a clinical psychologist, said educating older children and teenagers about sex had to be a process of negotiation. “We do not know what is right and wrong; right and wrong is relative, although your child does need clear guidelines,” she said.
    I can't fathom how you would design "guidelines" for any activity or process if you had no idea what was right or wrong about various elements. How would that work, exactly?

    [sarc]Fishing has no right nor wrong techniques. Some people fish in deserts, some fish in parking garages, and some prefer environments containing water. Your success depends less on your knowledge and skill in choosing productive environments for fishing and much more on how you feel about fishing itself.[/sarc]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    I can't fathom how you would design "guidelines" for any activity or process if you had no idea what was right or wrong about various elements. How would that work, exactly?

    [sarc]Fishing has no right nor wrong techniques. Some people fish in deserts, some fish in parking garages, and some prefer environments containing water. Your success depends less on your knowledge and skill in choosing productive environments for fishing and much more on how you feel about fishing itself.[/sarc]

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    "Perhaps these teens shouldn't be told the rights and wrongs of overthrowing the Monarchy and let them form their own opinions." That will go over real well.

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