Pastor’s News: Sex Education in UK Schools

Today, rather than writing a longer article, I want to share with you some of the things which I read as news each day.  I’ll make a few comments as well.

Here is an article about sex education in schools in the UK:

Teach students ‘how to view porn.’

This is scary stuff!  More and more, I think there is a growing need for Christians to evaluate whether the public schools are safe for their children.  Here are some of the problems with this trend:

  • There is a belief being pushed which says “not all pornography is bad.”  This is fundamentally opposed to Christian ideas of purity, sexual morality and holiness.  Any pornography which is the source of lustful temptation is wrong.  To be sure, it is possible to allow for nude images in art.  However, the nudity in art is generally aimed at producing admiration for the artist rather than sexual desire for the object.  This is the fundamental problem with pornography.  Porn presents people as objects to be desired, used and consumed.
  • The school system has been given the task of teaching children about health – all aspects of health.  The issue is that moral choices are part of being healthy.  The morality of the school curriculum is not a Christian morality.  Rather, it is, at best, neutral.  At worst, it is immoral.

Can Christians send their children to school to learn about these things?  Here is part of the summary of student views taken directly from the “Sexual Education Supplement:”

The students helped Boo to put together a list of what they felt students should be taught about pornography:

About safety: Not all things are safe in your own sex life.  Keep safe, use condoms and go to clinic regularly.

If this is the outcome students want and thus the goal which teachers try to deliver then all I can say is “Dear God, please protect us.”

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3 thoughts on “Pastor’s News: Sex Education in UK Schools

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  1. Are public schools safe for our children? Of course not. The world isn’t safe for our children. If we really evaluated all areas of our society and what we, as children and adults, are ‘taught’ in it, we wouldn’t really be keen on reproducing at all! However, I do feel that our children can be some of the strongest evangelists in this ‘unsafe’ environment of ours. One of our youth members consistently argues with her RE teacher…if it wasn’t for her, her class wouldn’t hear or know about a Christian perspective at all. The answer isn’t for protection, the answer is to supply our children with the bullets they need to understand, question and challenge the views put across to them. We, outside of the classroom, cannot do anything, but boy, a Christian child equipped with the Holy Spirit, can change a lesson, their class and their school. Let’s not protect them, let’s equip them and send them out there.

    1. I love the passion of this idea! The practice concerns me. Are our children really equipped for this kind of task? Perhaps I could say loads more but I think the practice of the parents should tell us what we can *reasonably* expect of kids. What I mean is that many, if not most, Christian parents struggle in evangelism, in prayer and in the daily disciplines of the Christian faith. Can we reasonably expect our kids to succeed where we fail? Can we expect or kids to succeed in areas where our efforts are not high enough?

      Also, I think the time to commission someone will be after the training. So a good mindset may be to train children up to adulthood and then send them out to the mission field of our society.

  2. Perhaps, but as a teacher, I can usually detect if a child has had/having some kind of Christian input from the home/wider environment after a week of lessons…quite often just after one lesson. I think quite a few Christian teachers will also agree that it is quite easy to discern which pupils have a Christian influence in their lives. I do teach English, which lends itself to ‘detectable’ discussions etc…however, just from my experience as a teacher, I would never under-estimate the power of a Christian presence in the classroom. It speaks volumes, particularly when there is a moral absence.

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