Zenit offers concerns about sex education in the UK, but I wonder what the fuss is about.
But pro-life organizations and many orthodox-thinking Catholics say the (legislation) is deceptive and misleading, as it will still require all schools, including Catholic schools, to give information about contraception, abortion, and homosexual partnerships in the name of equality and diversity.
What should a Catholic school teach about abortion? When I was in Catholic school in the early 70’s, we were introduced to the methods of abortion in use at the time. We learned about D&C, suction, saline solutions, the collapse of the fetus’ head to fit through the birth canal, and what certain medications did with regard to implantation of the embryo. It was far from likely that any of us were going out to practice on pregnant people. We were also very aware that not all people saw abortion as an absolute prohibition. We also knew there are people who would themselves decline to abort a child, but were unwilling to extend that stance legally. And there were folks who had no problem with abortion, and many of them were Republicans.
I hate to scandalize some readers, but we were also introduced to methods of contraception and how they worked. I know I didn’t learn about all this from my peers, and certainly not my parents.
The alternative to having competent and knowledgeable teachers present this information is to acquire it through parents who educate themselves on it all. Or failing that, from peers who may or may not be severely misinformed.
Every Catholic teen should know the facts about this stuff, if for no other reason than to be able to arrive at a sound moral judgment when confronted with the inevitable choices the wide world brings.
The deception I’m far more concerned about, and something my wife and I have policed in television commercials for years (even and especially the Disney Channel), is the promotion of sex as a sales subsidiary to products for children and teens. Many of the so-called orthodox-thinking Catholics do indeed police the advertising bombardments aimed at their kids. But many of them look the other way when the political content of the corporation (I think of the Fox network) is deemed a cure for the sales interstitials, or the content of entertainment programming.
So if the UK thinks five-year-olds should be taught to be nice to homosexuals, I don’t have a problem with that message. Children should be taught to be nice to everybody. If ten-year-olds are told that many people don’t see abortion as a moral problem, I think they need to know that, especially if they expect to engage and persuade others on the issue. And if a teen finds herself pregnant, she shouldn’t have to rely on hearsay to determine it’s really okay to have an abortion, especially if its the day after, like she saw on Fox.