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Should sex education be the same in all schools?

MPs have backed a government move to allow sex education to be taught in England in a way that "reflects" a school's "religious character". Do you agree with the decision?

Schools Secretary Ed Balls said the bill was "a major step forward" in requiring all schools not only to teach children about the biology of sex but also about relationships.

Opponents of the amendment argued that it could allow faith schools to teach about sex and relationships in ways that are homophobic, gender discriminatory and in violation of principles of human rights.

Should faith schools be allowed to choose how they teach sex education? How should schools tackle issues such as homosexuality and contraception? Are you a teacher or do you have children in school?

Commons backs sex education move

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Published: Tuesday, 23 February, 2010, 04:00 GMT 04:00 UK

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Added: Wednesday, 24 February, 2010, 21:44 GMT 21:44 UK

Why are people equating sex education with early pregnancy?
Britain has about the least sex education in Europe and is still the least accepting of sex, nudity and revealing attire.
That's why we have Europe's highest rate of young adolescent parents.
We could learn a lot from the continent's 'live and let live' attitude- I'm also Christian, I believe that was Christ's attitude too.

Fred Shelton, Manchester

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Added: Wednesday, 24 February, 2010, 21:14 GMT 21:14 UK

Yes sex education should be taught in all schools as it would be unfair to all the children. That would be denying them their equal rights as Citizens of United Kindom!

MAXINE GREEN, United Kingdom

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Added: Wednesday, 24 February, 2010, 21:00 GMT 21:00 UK

I'm a bit torn here, standard curriculum on sex education.......trouble is, two things Britain has a bit of notoriety for are 1) suppressing sex and 2) suppressing individuality in schools; so why not some minimum requirements, but no blanket format?

John Robinson, Berlin

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Added: Wednesday, 24 February, 2010, 20:45 GMT 20:45 UK

"Common sense dictates all schools should follow the same curriculum. John Turnbull, Abu Dhabi"

Yes Commrade

L B

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Added: Wednesday, 24 February, 2010, 18:54 GMT 18:54 UK

"At my daughter's school history is not compulsory but religion is which is all you need to say about this appaling government.

Dyin aint much of a living boy"

Still?? That was the case when I was at school, so you can't blame this government - I left in 1982. I've concluded that it should be taught though, together with history and politics, it would give kids a better understanding of why the world is the way it is. They might also learn why sex education is so controversial.

[nikmacve]

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Added: Wednesday, 24 February, 2010, 14:57 GMT 14:57 UK

1. Male nipples
2. The human appendix
3. Why do cows need four stomachs when other creatures need just one?

Where's the intelligent design in that lot oh divine creator? Oh and last one, if God explains everything, explain God.

Arthur Pint

When you grow up, you can go to school and find out. However, you are asking questions that illustrate the need to go beyond facts and science and ask why.

Thrusting Raspberry III, Eastbourne

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Added: Wednesday, 24 February, 2010, 13:41 GMT 13:41 UK

I went to Catholic Primary and Secondary schools in the 90's, in primary school, when I was about 9 or 10, our headmistress would come in and talk to us about the biological side of sex and answer questions frankly and honestly. In Secondary school, we were taught more about the emotional side, contraception, abortion and relationships - No one opted out.

It seems that this is an open day on faith schools, especially from people without even a remote clue as to what goes on in them.

Natalie Hansen, United Kingdom

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Added: Wednesday, 24 February, 2010, 13:40 GMT 13:40 UK

Teach the kids morals good standards of conduct,Values of family and social life. How to be a responsible person
Then teach them about Health and Sex.

Ebbin Issac, United Kingdom

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Added: Wednesday, 24 February, 2010, 13:36 GMT 13:36 UK

Since the schools started teaching sex education we have seen a rise in underage pregnancies. We should stop teaching sex this is the problem and teaching kids younger will only create younger mothers.
Giving out the mornning after pill tells kids it's ok to have sex without protection, thus increasing STDs and STIs. Education is part of the problem but coupled with TV and the music industry our children don't stand a chance.
But the ignorant PC clowns will blame benifits and parents.

Stewart Cook, Sunderland, United Kingdom

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Added: Wednesday, 24 February, 2010, 13:09 GMT 13:09 UK

the bible says that strictly speakin, people should not have sex before marriage. Also the more times one has sex, the more chance there is of getting a nasty STI. Teachrs should be telling kids that putting a condom on is only ONE way that you can prevent an STI. Also, it seems cynicalto say this but i bet you anything that..(to be continued)

jimbo, leicester

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Added: Wednesday, 24 February, 2010, 13:01 GMT 13:01 UK

We need to do everything we can to protect our children. We should be promoting and teaching family values and to appreciate develop and value normal male/female relationships. If anyone is going to teach and inform my children seriously and with compassion in such matters it will be done in the privacy of our home.

Keith Ellery, Telford, United Kingdom

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Added: Wednesday, 24 February, 2010, 12:24 GMT 12:24 UK

The other issue is the fact that when we start talking about God issue, do we want to tell our children that there is a grey man who created the world in six days and rest on the 7th? Religion is a myth not the actual facts.

Enitan Onikoyi, London


That is the atheists ignorant and uneducated view of God and they are the only people who think that. All the more reason for people to be educated about different faiths rather than believe myths and not the actual facts about belief.

Thrusting Raspberry III, Eastbourne

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Added: Wednesday, 24 February, 2010, 12:03 GMT 12:03 UK

Education is about the passing on of knowledge. Providing the knowledge is appropriate to the age and ability to understand then there should be no limits. The concern is that the sex education sylabus goes way beyond this and also influences the moral context - maybe unintentionally. The mere fact of giving sex education to younger pupils long before sex is legal reinforces the view that sex is a force stronger than self control. This is not just, or even mainly, a religious issue.

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Added: Wednesday, 24 February, 2010, 11:59 GMT 11:59 UK

Secular sex education has led to an utter disrespect for the power and importance of the sex act. Couple this encouragement into casual sex with a media constantly promoting sexploitation and you have the highest rates of teenage pregnancy in europe and the turning of abortion into a form of contraception.

The only sane way out of it is to teach the basics of sex in biology, what its purpose is and to leave the seedy promotion of any lifestyle or sex toys (contraception) out of school.

UK down the tubes, UK

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Added: Wednesday, 24 February, 2010, 11:52 GMT 11:52 UK

The growth of, and UK gov funded, 'faith schools' is deeply disturbing.

Sex education aside, 'faith schools' should be funded by those of that 'faith', not by taxpayers and charitable status perks. Non-faith State schools would then have sufficient funds?

Too much clever funding being 'diverted' by incompetent government departments failing our children by falling for the 'religion card'?

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