(WND) – A new government program will require that teachers in British public schools teach sex education to students starting at age 5, according to a series of published reports.
According to the Guardian newspaper, the program will include the requirement to teach teens about contraception, safe sex, homosexuality and civil partners.
But the program also allows faith-based schools to apply their values and include their perspectives in the lessons.
WND previously reported that schools in the United States have launched a program to teach “the needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth” without informing parents.
Also, a court ruling in the David Parker case that went to the U.S. Supreme Court concluded parents do not even have the right to withdraw their children from school sex lessons because it violates their religious faith.
The United Kingdom plan means that all secondary schools for the first time will have to teach a core curriculum about sex and contraception in the context of teens’ relationships.
The requirements cover classes for students ages 5-16 and “sets out how schools will be legally obliged to teach pupils about health and nutrition, safety, personal finance, drugs and alcohol and sex education.”
Schools Secretary Ed Balls said, “It’s clear that if children are going to get a well-rounded education which prepares them for life in the 21st century, [the new requirements have] a key role to play.”
The London Daily Mail reported the classes are due to become part of the curriculum in September 2011.
Simon Calvert of the Christian Institute told the newspaper “pressing the virtues of homosexuality” could end up harming children.
“What we don’t want to see is vulnerable young people being exploited by outside groups which want to normalize homosexuality,” he told the paper. “If this guidance purports to force faith schools to teach things which go against their faith then it is profoundly illiberal and must be resisted at all costs.”
“It is difficult to see how teaching children as young as 11 about same-sex relationships and civil partnerships fits in with a study of personal wellbeing, and many parents will be very concerned about the prospect of such lessons being imposed over their heads,” added Norman Wells of the Family Education Trust.
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