The Toxicity of RSE

The teaching of any Relationships and Sexuality Education for primary and secondary schools needs an entire rethink. There are broad ranging and fundamental issues with the entire process, which are outlined below.

Author: Retired School Teacher, County Antrim

When a child develops a trust in their teacher(s), they will accept what he/she tells them as right and true. If the teacher says it, then it must be right.

Key Stage 1 children are very dependent on their teacher or classroom assistant. They expect him/her to protect and comfort them. A teacher is in a position of “in loco parentis”, meaning they are in place of the parents while the child is at school. At this Key Stage 1 some, not all, still require help with toileting.

This is why all teachers and staff closely involved with children must be vetted through Access NI to prevent any child being abused. In addition to this, referees for staff are sought to make sure the person is fit, law abiding, and with the right experience and character.

As the child becomes older, the teaching about beliefs and morals being received in school versus that taught in the home and church will come into conflict and may cause the child to rebel against the values of the home/family/church. The child will increasingly question and refuse to heed the good advice of their parents in favour of the immoral teaching they receive at school. This may well lead to secrecy by the older child until they act on the error they have been taught and seriously damage their lives.

This is the scenario that we face ahead of us.

Heaton-Harris's RSE proposals destroy the minds of both the child and the teacher. How can a teacher present these vile ideas and not be corrupted by what he/she teaches? The child may well become precocious (know about sexual information that would only be known by an older, worldly-wise child). The child will act on this new information with other children and corrupt them. If a child is exposed to this type of learning, he or she will continue in this reinforced behaviour and corruption will spread like an epidemic throughout every social contact.

The need for age-appropriate, parent-led RSE in the home

Parents have concerns with RSE classroom teaching because:

Therefore, parents, as protectors, who provide safe, stable homes, where children feel secure, should be the only providers of sexual information when a child reaches puberty and not before that event.

Re-Examining the Evidence for School-based Comprehensive Sex Education: A Global Research Review

“Re-Examining the Evidence for School-based Comprehensive Sex Education: A Global Research Review”, found that globally only 6% of the 103 studies on RSE programmes found any positive evidence of effectiveness, and showed that, overall, there is more evidence of harm than of positive outcomes from such programmes. They found 87% of RSE had failed in its primary purpose and 16% of worldwide programmes were shown to cause harm, including such things as a decrease in condom use, combined with an increase in sexual activity, of partners, oral sex, forced sex, STDs and pregnancies. The negative impact was even higher for programmes delivered in Africa, whereby 24% of the programmes were shown to have caused harm. Read the report at the Institute for Research and Evaluation.

Issues in Law and Medicine, 34(2):161-182

"Re-examining the Evidence for School-based Comprehensive Sex Education: A Global Research Review."