The Birds and the Bees and the Brits

The Birds and the Bees and the Brits

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Sex ed is now compulsory in British schools. Why not in the U.S., too?

The country that brought loopy eyeliner, messy beehive hairdos and people named "Posh" and "Becks" to American culture has finally come up with something reasonable.  Let's hope this one gets imported -- right, mate?  

Sex education will now be obligatory for public school students in Britain in order to address the teen pregnancy rate, says Schools Minister Jim Knight.  Britain, which has the highest teen pregnancy rate in Western Europe, decided nine years ago to cut the teen pregnancy rate in half by 2010.  Compulsory sex ed is one step in its master plan -- and a brilliant step at that. 

You hear that, Bristol Palin?  On this side of the pond, as we all know, many public schools funded with your taxpayer money are plagued by abstinence-only education, whose inefficacy is proven yet ignored.  Teaching "save yourself until marriage" in place of, oh, facts never made sense to begin with and it only became worse under President Bush and his cronies on the religious right.

Of course, British critics of comprehensive sex education scorched the plan; some silly newspaper trumpeted a headline that five-year-olds would be learning about intercourse.  That led Knight, the Schools Minister, to give reporters the obvious quote,"We are not suggesting five- or six-year-olds be taught sex."  Knight emphasized that all children, especially younger ones, will be learning about communication skills and healthy relationships as part of sex ed.

Neverthless, the BBC visited a UK primary school to see what kind of nasty sexuality positions these little cartoon-watching, sluts-on-training-wheels are learning.  It found British youngsters know all about that pernicious subject of....breasts!  Writes the Beeb:

Children in some primary schools know the correct name, as part of their lessons on the differences between males and females....."Women have boobs and boys don't," says eight-year-old Malachai, to the amusement of his classmates at a primary school in London. "Right," says the teacher, "get it off your chests, laugh it off." She then praises him - "someone had to say it" - but acknowledges the embarrassment of some of the children and steers them professionally onto the correct terminology.  Thus "females have breasts" joins the list of differences on her flip chart.

Dangerous stuff, indeed.

Interestingly enough, Britain's sex ed news comes on the heels' of Sarah Palin's rather defensive interview with People magazine, where she gets her (doubtless $400 bucks a pop) panties in a bunch when asked about her views on sexual education.  Clearly uncomfortable, Palin sputtered:

PEOPLE:  Has [Bristol's pregnancy] changed how you talk about sex with your other children?
SP: I've always been a proponent of making sure kids understand – even in schools – they'd better take preventative measures so that they don't find themselves in these less than ideal circumstances. Perhaps Bristol could be a good example to other young women that life happens and preventative measures are, first and foremost, the option that should be considered –

PEOPLE: Do you mean abstinence or contraception?
SP: Well, both. Ideally abstinence. But we have not been ones to say that students, should not know what preventive measures are all about. I've been taken aback by some criticism that mainstream media has thrown my way saying, Oh, what a hypocrite she is and she's now learned her lesson because she's been against sex education in the schools. And I'm like, when? Where? When have I ever said that there should be no sex education taught in our homes or even in our schools?

Exceeeeeeept......when Palin ran for governor of Alaska in 2006, she told the conservative organization, the Eagle Forum, that she supported abstinence-only education for Alaskan teens.  (Alaskan teens like her pregnant daughter.)  According to MSNBC, when asked on the Eagle Forum's survey:

Will you support funding for abstinence-until-marriage education instead of for explicit sex-education programs, school-based clinics, and the distribution of contraceptives in schools?

Palin wrote:

Yes, the explicit sex-ed programs will not find my support.

So, that's where you wrote that there should be no sex education in our schools.   Come on, Sarah.  You're not fooling anybody.  We know you've got on a "thong for abstinence" underneath those $150,000 Nieman Marcus threads!

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The country that brought loopy eyeliner, messy beehive hairdos and people named "Posh" and "Becks" to American culture has finally come up with something reasonable.  Let's hope this one gets imported -- right, mate?  

Sex education will now be obligatory for public school students in Britain in order to address the teen pregnancy rate, says Schools Minister Jim Knight.  Britain, which has the highest teen pregnancy rate in Western Europe, decided nine years ago to cut the teen pregnancy rate in half by 2010.  Compulsory sex ed is one step in its master plan -- and a brilliant step at that. 

You hear that, Bristol Palin?  On this side of the pond, as we all know, many public schools funded with your taxpayer money are plagued by abstinence-only education, whose inefficacy is proven yet ignored.  Teaching "save yourself until marriage" in place of, oh, facts never made sense to begin with and it only became worse under President Bush and his cronies on the religious right.

Of course, British critics of comprehensive sex education scorched the plan; some silly newspaper trumpeted a headline that five-year-olds would be learning about intercourse.  That led Knight, the Schools Minister, to give reporters the obvious quote,"We are not suggesting five- or six-year-olds be taught sex."  Knight emphasized that all children, especially younger ones, will be learning about communication skills and healthy relationships as part of sex ed.

Neverthless, the BBC visited a UK primary school to see what kind of nasty sexuality positions these little cartoon-watching, sluts-on-training-wheels are learning.  It found British youngsters know all about that pernicious subject of....breasts!  Writes the Beeb:

Children in some primary schools know the correct name, as part of their lessons on the differences between males and females....."Women have boobs and boys don't," says eight-year-old Malachai, to the amusement of his classmates at a primary school in London. "Right," says the teacher, "get it off your chests, laugh it off." She then praises him - "someone had to say it" - but acknowledges the embarrassment of some of the children and steers them professionally onto the correct terminology.  Thus "females have breasts" joins the list of differences on her flip chart.

Dangerous stuff, indeed.

Interestingly enough, Britain's sex ed news comes on the heels' of Sarah Palin's rather defensive interview with People magazine, where she gets her (doubtless $400 bucks a pop) panties in a bunch when asked about her views on sexual education.  Clearly uncomfortable, Palin sputtered:

PEOPLE:  Has [Bristol's pregnancy] changed how you talk about sex with your other children?
SP: I've always been a proponent of making sure kids understand – even in schools – they'd better take preventative measures so that they don't find themselves in these less than ideal circumstances. Perhaps Bristol could be a good example to other young women that life happens and preventative measures are, first and foremost, the option that should be considered –

PEOPLE: Do you mean abstinence or contraception?
SP: Well, both. Ideally abstinence. But we have not been ones to say that students, should not know what preventive measures are all about. I've been taken aback by some criticism that mainstream media has thrown my way saying, Oh, what a hypocrite she is and she's now learned her lesson because she's been against sex education in the schools. And I'm like, when? Where? When have I ever said that there should be no sex education taught in our homes or even in our schools?

Exceeeeeeept......when Palin ran for governor of Alaska in 2006, she told the conservative organization, the Eagle Forum, that she supported abstinence-only education for Alaskan teens.  (Alaskan teens like her pregnant daughter.)  According to MSNBC, when asked on the Eagle Forum's survey:

Will you support funding for abstinence-until-marriage education instead of for explicit sex-education programs, school-based clinics, and the distribution of contraceptives in schools?

Palin wrote:

Yes, the explicit sex-ed programs will not find my support.

So, that's where you wrote that there should be no sex education in our schools.   Come on, Sarah.  You're not fooling anybody.  We know you've got on a "thong for abstinence" underneath those $150,000 Nieman Marcus threads!

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