Monday, March 26, 2007

Let's talk about sex

I watched Davina's programme on sex education in schools a couple of days ago, and it was very interesting.

I liked the interview with the Minister, where the politician was trying to argue that the Dutch system works better and they have turned round their teenage pregnancy rates (twenty years ago pretty high, now one of the lowest in Europe. British rated 24th amongst Europe, and we were surrounded on the list by poorer countries, rather than those equivalent to our own standard of living and health provision. Shocking.) because parents talk far more openly to their children about sex. Her emphasis was on the parents and it all being about their influence and choice, rather than about providing education.

Davina had her stumped when she responded that the unembarrassable Dutch parents of today were the children compulsorily taught in schools about sex. Not just the biology but more importantly relationships & feelings as well. The Minister was actually supporting Davina's argument by mistake! It obviously really flummoxed her and caught her out. Ha!

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