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Sex education in SA (letter)
Are South Australian parents happy about the new State sex education program - even with a friendly caring teacher instructing our children in this very private moral area?
What is its supposed benefit or objective?
Do normal human beings - adult or children - actually need educating about sex?
Sex is a wholly natural activity, not far removed from many other normal human activities - eating, sleeping, drinking, loving, walking, none of which loom large as aspects requiring special study and instruction at school. Why then focus on sex? Is there some hidden agenda?
Is there a desire to create a new category of "clever" humans who can learn quickly how to thwart or outwit the normal processes of nature, e.g., unplanned, unwanted babies?
Sex is encased in a very private moral condition and the parameters are very wide and utterly dependent upon the individual moral values of the instructing parent or teacher .
Wide areas encompassed include considerations of unbridled and irresponsible sex, sex as an outlet for lust and passion, or sex as a loving chaste union of wholly committed humans.
Should we know more about the qualifications of those who will teach "sex" to our children - with possible security checks? As parents, do we really want this subject in our schools? If not, what are we doing about it? Do we feel impotent, too hesitant to mount a protest within our own social circle, or areas of authority - our Member of Parliament? But our MP will only act if he/she receives some pressure from the electors.
Can we convince ourselves we have no personal responsibility to do something about this develoment? Time is fast running out for any action we may feel is required of us.
Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 16 No 7 (August 2003), p. 15
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