Finally we are progressing!

Early this year I wrote a blog entry about the state of Sex Education in British schools, and how for some reason, we had not adopted the Dutch method of teaching it young, which clearly showed results with a low teenage pregnancy rate.

Good news, it was announced today that the British government has finally seen sense and have decided to follow their lead. From now on school pupils from age 5 to 18 will be taught lessons about “personal, social and health matters including sex and relationships”.

Obviously there has been problems with bringing this legislation into power, mainly the fact that the British public will not open their eyes to the fact that things need to change. Despite the fact that evidence is thrust in front of them, they do not agree that the method used by other countries actually works.

The BBC article above states that in a UK-wide poll conducted this year “64% [of those questioned] believed lessons should not start until children are at least 11 years old. Just over a third (36%) said they did not think children should learn about contraception until they were at least 13.”
How is that going to help when the age of young girls having sex is getting lower and lower all the time? Just the other day I was reading an article about a 13 year old girl (who lives in the UK) who has had four sexual partners in less than a year. Surely this is an insight into how the lives of young British girls are changing, and the Sex Education we teach needs to reflect that.

At the time of writing, the UK has the worst teenage pregnancy rate in Europe, with 27 out of 1,000 births being to a 15-19 year old. Figures released earlier this year showed that the number of girls in the UK under the age of sixteen having abortions has raised a whole 10% from just last year.

Hopefully the fact that Britain has actually taken action will change this fact, and this time next year we will be looking at lower rates of teen pregnancy.

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