Well folks, the day has finally arrived. Governments are intending to step out of the "sex education" arena and are encouraging schools to create their own "sex education" curriculum for students.
Thank goodness there is a "group of health and children's charities" that have created a "guide" that "directs teachers to a list of online resources they can use in lessons."
One of the "resources" that teachers are told to use is a website called TheSite.Org. I visited TheSite.org so I could learn more about the type of things they are offering.
On their main page, I found a tab labeled "Sex & Relationships."
I hit the tab and was immediately brought to an article entitled "Strip Clubs- What Goes on in Strip Clubs and Should you Go?
Now THERE'S an important lesson for our children to learn when they are being educated about human sexuality. It's a good thing teachers have this "online resource" to go to, otherwise they might not know how important it is to speak to their students about sex clubs!!!
But wait!! There's several more highly beneficial articles that teachers can use in their lesson plan -- for example, the article entitled "Threesomes." What would a good sex education class be without a discussion about menage a trois? Surely, every student above the age of 10 needs to know about this! Right???
And let's not forget to include the discussion about "How Much Sex is Normal." During this very important lesson, students learn:
"...when couples first get together they usually spend the first couple of months humping each others' brains out. So when it all cools down - and you start swapping orgasms for DVD box sets - it's natural to think "hang on, what's up? Why aren't we having as much sex? IS THIS NORMAL?"
How does sex change in a relationship?
In those gorgeous first few months of a relationship it's common for couples to spend A LOT of their time shagging each other senseless. Every time you meet, you end up horizontal and sans-clothes.
No, you're not sex maniacs. It's science. You're both releasing massive amounts of bonding hormones to attach yourselves to each other. Plus you're learning about each others' bodies, which is a massive turn on. But the reality is you can't continue exchanging bodily fluids at this rate forever. And when the initial "I-want-you-now-immediately-and-repeatedly" lust wanes, people can panic the relationship is waning, too...."
Okey dokey then. It's very good to know that teachers will be educating our children to "hump each others' brains out" and "shag" each other -- and that this is perfectly normal in today's "sex-positive" climate.
But that's not all! This extremely informative site also has featured an article entitled "Fingering a Girl" and one of their latest articles is entitled "Fetishes."
You can see it all for yourself here: http://www.thesite.org/sexandrelationships/havingsex
Phew! It's good to know that teachers have such reliable and professional sites they can go to to learn how to educate their pupils about sex. I am forever indebted to that "group of health and children's charities" for reminding teachers how important it is to tell students not to think badly about pornography and, out of the goodness of their hearts, create such a useful and informative "guide" of "online resources" from which teachers can create their lesson plans.
Clearly, we can all sleep well tonight knowing our children are in good hands.
School pupils should be taught 'not all porn is bad', advise experts
"A publication released by a group of health and children’s charities says that teachers should bear in mind that pornography is “hugely diverse”.
Pupils as young as 11 should be taught the dangers of “sexting” and five-year-olds should know how airbrushing in the media creates unrealistic body image expectations, it says.
Older pupils aged 14 upwards should tackle “real” and “unreal” behaviour in pornography, says the guide, which directs teachers to a list of online resources they can use in lessons.
It suggests using a website called TheSite.org, an advice forum for young people, which tells teenagers that “porn can be great” and aims to tackle a series of “myths” about the subject. “Sex is great. And porn can be great. It’s the idea that porn sex is like real sex which is the problem,” says the website. “But if you can separate the fantasy from the reality you’re much more likely to enjoy both.”
The guide was published by the Sex Education Forum (SEF), a coalition of more than 90 organisations, including the NSPCC and Barnardo’s, established to campaign for better lessons in the subject.
However, critics said many parents would be “horrified” if their children were taught about pornography in school. Campaigners said it was “playing with fire” and warned that it could encourage a casual attitude towards sex.
The publication follows the Government’s announcement that it will no longer include personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), which is commonly used to deliver sex education lessons, in the National Curriculum. Instead, schools will be left to draw up their own syllabuses.
On Thursday the SEF released the first edition of the online publication Sex Educational Supplement — The Pornography Issue, which is intended to help schools teach sex education, providing resources on how to broach the “potentially difficult and controversial subject” of pornography.
The publication includes a “wish list” compiled by teachers about what they think fellow staff should know, including that “pornography is hugely diverse — it’s not necessarily 'all bad’ ”.
However, Norman Wells, from the Family Education Trust, said that introducing pupils to pornography risked undermining children’s “natural sense of reserve”.
“The intention appears to be to steer children and young people away from a belief in moral absolutes and to encourage them to think that there are no rights and wrongs when it comes to sexual expression,” he said.
“Many parents will be horrified at the prospect of their children being taught about pornography within such a framework. To take a no-holds barred approach to sex education has the potential to break down pupils’ natural sense of reserve and to encourage casual attitudes towards sex.”
He added: “If we want children to view sexual intimacy as something valuable, special and worthy of respect, it needs to be addressed with modesty and restraint. To give lessons on pornography is to play with fire.”
The publication includes lesson ideas for each age group, with suggestions including discussing the dangers of “sexting” with pupils aged 11 to 14. It asks students to think about why young people do it, “which may include positive reasons such as 'for fun’ ”.
The publication features an interview with a state school teacher from Sheffield, who asks her 15 and 16-year-old pupils to give their views on pornography.
Boo Spurgeon, the head of personal, social, health and economic education at Forge Valley Community School, reported that her pupils said they “need the chance to consider the pros and cons, and there should be balanced teaching about it, not just negatives”.
Pupils said the subject should be mentioned in the first year of secondary school, for 11 and 12-year-olds, because “that is the average age that pornography gets viewed”. Students also noted that “you can learn some helpful positions from some films”, but added: “It isn’t a model of good sex, but sometimes people do it because they enjoy it.”
The Department for Education has outlined a system in which schools would be given the task of drawing up their own PSHE curriculum.
Chris McGovern, a former headmaster and chairman of the Campaign for Real Education, said lessons on pornography should only be carried out with parental consent. “This material may be widely available but some responsible parents will be very careful to make sure their children can’t access it and they would be horrified to think they are being exposed to it at school,” he said.
Lucy Emmerson, coordinator of the Sex Education Forum, said: “Teachers have told us they are nervous about mentioning pornography, yet given the ease with which children are able to access explicit sexual content on the internet, it is vital that teachers can respond to this reality appropriately.”"