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Friday, August 24, 2007

Must try harder, schools told over sex education

Alt Tv/Fleet FM Breakfast News Comment
Must try harder, schools told over sex education
Most schools are failing to meet students' needs in sex education lessons, casting doubt on classroom efforts to cut the number of teenage pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases. Of special concern were the 20 per cent of schools that had "substantial weaknesses" in their teaching of sexuality education, the ERO found. Sex Education is not compulsory in NZ and it is no surprise that we have one of the highest rates of sexually transmittable diseases amongst young people, one of the highest teenage birth rates, and one of the highest teenage abortion rates in the OECD, by denying young people the information and self esteem to make informed decisions about becoming sexually active, we are doing them a great disservice all because of some conservative notion that if you mention condoms to teenagers, they immediately want to procreate with the next person they talk to. The Government is too frightened to push the issue, look at the mauling they got trying to stop parents hitting their kids, imagine how foamy flecked public debate would become if Labour started pushing condoms in schools.


At 24/8/07 11:43 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 26/8/07 11:20 pm, Anonymous anit-labour said...

anonymos is an example of how effective the education is. The govt should stop the dont make the kids horney bullshit And realise their already horney and they all wanna feel like adults and its the easiest way to start-plus its free they dont pay for the health system that fixes all the problems that eventuate out of uneducated sex. They should stop pussyfooting around show young people all the facts, real gross pictures of stds then ask them what they think.

At 27/8/07 2:43 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If sex education is the silver bullet to the problem of teen pregnancy and std problems why are the the rates of such things higher now than they ever were when there was no sex education at all?

At 27/8/07 3:02 pm, Blogger bomber said...

Ahh, the 'good ole days' where we didn't collect such information and people were too ashamed too go to the dr and so have no real way of seeing what the rates were like?

At 28/8/07 7:36 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this another cop out by parents? How much responsibility do our schools have to take at the end of the day?

Kids are going to have sex if they want to, nothing is going to change that fact. Some get pregnant or STDs and some don't. Fact of life.


At 28/8/07 10:31 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Ahh, the 'good ole days' where we didn't collect such information and people were too ashamed too go to the dr and so have no real way of seeing what the rates were like?"

So have the teenage abortion, std and pregnancy rates always been this bad? If sex education is the answer then surely the rates will have come down since sex education was started in schools, even if not every pupil gets it.

I was at high school in the 90's and we got sex ed in health and it was also covered in science, it wasn't compulsory but only the EB kids didn't attend these lessons. If sex education is the cure, then surely your stats will reflect a falling in STDs etc since the introduction of Sex ed, except among the pupils who didn't attend sex ed lessons?

For the record I think NS has it right.


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