Thursday 14 December 2017

Sex education should stress importance of a committed relationship

David Quinn

David Quinn

On 'Morning Ireland' the other day, RTE education correspondent Emma O'Kelly interviewed a number of parents who want to send their children to Educate Together schools. What bothered them most about having to send their children to the local Catholic school was the fact that their children felt like the odd man out whenever they had to leave religion class.

That's understandable and it's why a lot more Catholic schools should be turned into Educate Together schools. However, it occurred to me that no one ever seems to worry about the parents who don't want their children to attend Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) classes.

Parents who wish to do this are commonly portrayed as cranks, and that's on a good day. For that matter, parents who withdraw their children from religion class could also be portrayed as cranks, and worse, if we were so minded.

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