Posted By Jennie Chancey on October 3, 2011
Another great piece from Carolyn Moynihan at Mercatornet:
It is complusory for New Zealand schools to provide sex education, but the programme is up to each school and is supposed to be worked out in consultation with the parent community. Parents can withdraw their children from classes. However, it is clear that parents do not know the half of what is presented in some programmes.
Of course, education about sex is the parent’s task first and foremost, and when I looked at research I had filed, it was clear that parents recognise this. Moreover, their kids want to hear it from them — and, it is more effective coming from them when done properly….
These important topics, involving values and individual differences, are clearly best dealt with in ongoing, one-to-one conversations between parent and child. It is what parents and children want. As a matter of principle, parents are the first educators of their children, especially in everything to do with values, morality and the formation of a child’s character. And, anyway, the evidence shows they are more effective.
Click HERE to read the full op-ed Carolyn wrote for an NZ paper (which they declined to print). Not for very young readers, but definitely important for parents!