There’s yet another worrying development in the parents vs education story: Conservative politician Andrea Leadsom says that parents should get to decide when their children “become exposed to that information”.
Writing in the TES a few weeks ago, Natasha Devon explains why the “kids are too young” argument and two others are wrong.
When it comes to same-sex relationships, itâ€™s interesting (in a disturbing way) how many people think of them as somehow inherently sexual, in a way heterosexual partnerships are not. Most schools now have several pupils with two mums or two dads. Itâ€™s important for all children to be exposed to representation that reflects this, in the same cartoon-character, age-appropriate way heterosexual parents are.
Children are not being taught about what people do in bed. As Devon writes:
Sex education at the age of 4 is generally restricted to a “pants are private” message and to helping children understand consent and that they must tell if someone touches them inappropriately. I think we can all agree that theyâ€™re never too young for that.