We need fresh thinking on teaching of sex education
Published 01/03/2010 | 05:00
All sensible people are in favour of sex education, aren't they? You can't have children growing up in this modern world thinking that babies are found in cabbage patches or that AIDS is some kind of bad-luck "plague" visited upon victims without rhyme or reason.
The facts must be delivered so that young people can be prepared for life as it is, and can make their own responsible choices.
That's the theory, and it is also the project the British government has held dear for the last dozen years -- almost since New Labour came to power in 1997. In 1998, Tony Blair promised to "cut by half" the number of young teenage pregnancies in Britain, but he didn't have much success.