What is this world coming to…
According to UK news site Daily Mail, children as young as six-years-old will soon be taught how to “stimulate” their genitals as part of a compulsory sex-ed program being rolled out to hundreds of primary schools in England.
Daily Mail reports,
All About Me is being rolled out across 241 primaries by Warwickshire County Council and could be adopted by other local authorities next year as part of the Government’s overhaul of Relationship and Sex Education (RSE).
Documents obtained by The Mail on Sunday detail how All About Me classes involve pupils aged between six and ten being told by teachers that there are ‘rules about touching yourself’. An explanation of ‘rules about self-stimulation’ appears in the scheme’s Year Two lesson plan for six and seven-year-olds.
Under a section called Touching Myself, teachers are advised to tell children that ‘lots of people like to tickle or stroke themselves as it might feel nice’. They are also instructed to inform youngsters that this may include touching their ‘private parts’ and, that while some people may say this behaviour is ‘dirty’, it is in fact ‘very normal’.
Curiously, the webpage for “All About Me” on the Warwickshire County Council’s website is “currently under review.”
On the Curdworth Primary School’s website, the program is described as “a relationship and sex education package” that delves into issues of puberty in children. Curdworth is a primary school located in Birmingham within Warwickshire County.
The program includes lessons such as “Me and My Body” where children will be taught “the similarities and differences in bodies between friends, including the physical differences between boys and girls,” as well as “the correct names for their personal body parts.”
Another lesson is about “My Choices and Personal Boundaries: Touch & Feel,” in which, “Children will be given the opportunity to explore a variety of different touch and feel sensations and allowed to decide which they like and dislike.”
Excuse me, what? And how exactly will this be taught?
The content clearly is sensitive and there are no real parameters or specifics for teaching such lesson plans.
As Daily Mail points out, many are concerned about the program's vague guidelines:
Family campaigners and religious groups warned that vague guidelines issued by the Department for Education meant schools could soon be providing sexual material to young children that many parents would consider inappropriate.
Even politicians who had supported the RSE legislation expressed concern. Tory MP David Davies said: ‘I and many other parents would be furious at completely inappropriate sexual matters being taught to children as young as six. These classes go way beyond the guidance the Government is producing and are effectively sexualising very young children.’