Tuesday 6 December 2016

David Quinn: School sex talk is useless without lesson in fidelity

Published 22/01/2010 | 05:00

My oldest child is 11 and so he is about to start Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE). His school held an information meeting about it the other evening which I attended.

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The person who is teaching RSE is from a Catholic organisation, but can I assure readers fearful that this organisation is intent on shoving Catholic doctrine down the throats of their children that nothing could be further from the truth -- not to judge from the other night, anyway.

The lady was a practical-minded woman who spoke clearly and well about her subject. She was excellent about the emotional development of children about to enter their teenage years. She was also pretty good on the sexuality stuff. But while I have no doubt that she is a thorough-going Catholic, I'm damned if I can think of a single thing she said that indicated the children were going to be taught RSE within a specifically Catholic framework.

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