United Kingdom: Government Plans Include Sex Education for All Pupils
April 28, 2009
On Monday, the government proposed how personal, social, and health education (PSHE) would be made mandatory in all state secondary schools in England. The most controversial element of the proposal is the plan to make sex education compulsory. Schools Secretary Ed Balls accepted the review and said the proposals will now be subject to consultation.
"What we're trying to do, and I accept it's difficult, is find a balance between young people having an entitlement to knowledge, facts, information, but where schools -- particularly schools with a particular faith interest or other disposition -- also have a right to put that in the context of their particular institution," said Sir Alasdair Macdonald, head teacher of London's Morpeth school, who led the review.
While Catholic schools welcomed the move, sexual health advocates warned the approach could confuse teenagers.
The Guardian (London)
04.28.2009; Polly Curtis
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