Sex education in the UK

The problems with sex education are reaching the mainstream newspapers in the UK. It would be great to see an article like this one (from the Times) published here:

Those who can, do, according to the old saying, and those who can’t, teach. That has always seemed to me unfair. However, I have come to think that those who can’t teach, teach sex education.

Judged by its results – not a bad way of judging – sex education has been an utter failure. The increase in sex education here in recent years has coincided with an explosion of unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted disease (STD) far worse than anywhere else in Europe. Since the government’s teenage pregnancy strategy was introduced in 1999, the number of girls having abortions has soared. You might well be tempted to argue that sex education causes sexual delinquency.

This is exactly what we have seen in New Zealand. It is great to see a frank article on the issue. Sex education isn’t working. The solution is not more of the same to younger and younger children, but actually changing tack.

Hat tip: Semper Vita

5 Responses to “Sex education in the UK”

  1. Sb Says:

    The problem with this report like so many is that it is failing to show causality.

    Taking a single factor (sex education) and saying it causes a effect (STI etc) does not prove causality when so many other factors abound.

    You also lack a reference point or a control case. Does current sex education cause more STI’s, nobody knows, just because you want it to be true does not make it so. Without sex education possibly the STI rate would be higher (as some US studies have shown) or perhaps it would be lower, nobody knows as there is no way of measuring it.

    “Since the government’s teenage pregnancy strategy was introduced in 1999, the number of girls having abortions has soared. ”

    but this statement does not show there is any relationship between the two facts.

    “You might well be tempted to argue that sex education causes sexual delinquency.”

    You could argue that – you could also argue that the opposite is true without some process for sorting it out you can argue until the cows come home without getting anywhere.


  2. Mr Dennis Says:

    Good point Sb. Maybe we need to have a detailed independent review of sex ed and the Family Planning Association in NZ to try and answer this.

  3. Sb Says:

    I would vote for that!

  4. Chuck Bird Says:

    One type of sex education that would increase the risk of HIV and STDs would be the type that promotes homosexuality as a valid alternative lifestyle choice or option. I do not know if aspect if part of all sex education curriculums in State schools but it certainly is in some.

    The following booklet is used in some schools. I will only comment on a couple of issues but if people follow its advice they will increase their risk of sexual disease.

    Click to access SISTERS.pdf

    Females who get involved in bisexuality increase their STDs. That is from their male partners who are often bi sexual themselves. Good safe sex advice for any women is do not have sex with a bi sexual. They are at high risk of having an STD including HIV.

    Some years ago one secondary school made the mistake of contacting the AIDS Foundation. The sent a couple of Rainbow Youth to educate the students. They were so caring they handed out cards in case any of them wanted someone to talk to.

    Some parent found out about this and there a meeting of about 400 called in very short order. The principal gave an assurance that there would not be a repetition.

    The so called safe sex message is an oxymoron if there ever was one. If one uses a condom to reduce the risk of STDs they are doing so because they are having sex with someone they do not trust.

    The exaggerated claim of condom effectiveness made by sex educators is putting children and young adults at risk.

  5. Mr Dennis Says:

    That is a worrying link, not so much because of the content (which is shocking despite the occasional suggestion that you might not actually want sex right now), but because it is put out by the YWCA.

    The Young Women’s Christian Association has certainly changed a lot, to be promoting that sort of rot. The founders of the YWCA would be horrified.

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