February 21, 2003


British Teens Told to Experiment with Oral Sex (Reuters, 2/21/03)
School children under 16 are being encouraged to experiment with oral sex as part of a Government-backed drive to cut Britain's sky-high teenage pregnancy rate, newspapers reported on Friday. The Times said the scheme, pioneered by Exeter University and backed by the Departments of Health and Education, trains teachers to discuss pre-sex "stopping points."

The idea is to reduce promiscuity by encouraging pupils to discover "levels of intimacy," including oral sex, instead of full sexual intercourse.

But family campaigners condemned the course, saying it would only encourage children to experiment with sex.

Robert Whelan, director of the Family Education Trust, told the newspaper: "I don't think that anyone believes that teaching pupils about oral sex will stop them having full sex--it is more likely to make them want to try it and it doesn't protect them against sexually transmitted diseases."

What ever happened to teaching them Algebra?

But wait, it gets worse:

Lynda Brine, a teacher from a Doncaster comprehensive who recently attended a training day for the course, says in today’s Times Educational Supplement that she was primed to deal with detailed questions about oral and anal sex. “I was amazed. Are these really the sort of questions to which we as a profession should be responding?” she writes.

“There was no framework for talking about responsibility or the emotional side of relationships. By following this course, I feel that teachers are implicitly supporting under-age sexual activity.”

If you've ever read And the Band Played On you can't be sanguine about anyone having anal sex. If you've not, suffice it to say there are reasons that our disease rates went down when we reduced our contact with fecal matter.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 21, 2003 12:58 PM

Somebody call Bill James -- we need statistics -- will getting to third base more often reduce the frequency of getting to home?

Posted by: pj at February 21, 2003 1:42 PM

I dunno, Orrin, this one -- if not a hoax -- would almost induce me to move over from the position I have held ever since I discovered sex (sex good, religious teaching about sex very bad) to a more neutral stance.

Not quite ready to go as far as you, though.

Posted by: Harry at February 21, 2003 2:03 PM

Mr. Judd;

Teaching algebra would involve both grading homework and understanding algebra. Isn't this much easier?

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at February 21, 2003 4:11 PM

AOG - Do English schools do "show and tell"? Is showing, perhaps, the sole duty of the teacher? Some teachers might find the new curriculum harder than algebra. Perhaps this difficulty can be overcome with multimedia aids.

Posted by: pj at February 21, 2003 4:21 PM

Reminds me of the Monty Python movie, The Meaning of Life.


Jeff G.

Posted by: Jeff Guinn at February 21, 2003 9:18 PM