Homophobia classes for seven year olds
January 26, 2010 10:27PM
NEW British sex education guidelines announced today include classes on sexism and homophobic bullying for seven-year-olds.
The value of marriage and stable relationships to family life will be taught to children from the ages of seven to 11, as well as the importance of delaying sexual experiences.
Education Secretary Ed Balls said sex education needed to be brought into the 21st century as times have changed since the children's parents were at school.
"New technologies and a 24-hour media mean that young people are increasingly exposed to images and content that can make them feel pressure to be sexually active before they are ready and can give them misleading information about relationships and growing up.
"We want to give young people the facts so that they can stay safe and healthy," Balls said.
But parenting groups have accused the government of engaging in social engineering, by "indoctrinating" children into thinking there are no "moral absolutes" when it comes to sexuality.
Director of Family and Youth Concern, Norman Wells said, "The idea of homophobic bullying as a distinct category of bullying is a device used by the gay rights lobby to promote the acceptance of homosexuality as normal and natural.
"But the vast majority of parents don't want their children's schools to present positive images of homosexuality under the guise of combating homophobic bullying."
Soon it will be compulsory