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I don’t often become apoplectic with rage, but the caveat in the government’s plans to introduce compulsory sex education from the age of 5, which will allow faith schools to tell kids that…

“having sex outside of marriage, homosexuality or using contraception is wrong.”

…has left me absolutely fuming.

Aside from the fact that surely it doesn’t matter if a person has 1 or 1000 sexual partners if they were all consensual relationships, that marriage is at best an out-moded institution, or that our quite frankly retarded Victorian attitudes to sex and sexuality have done nothing to stem teen pregnancy or rising rates of the clap, why oh why oh why did we get rid of section 28 if it’s OK to teach that homosexuality is wrong. Why do we even bother trying to cut STIs or have a teen pregnancy strategy if some schools are still going to allow crap to be peddled about contraception?

We are seriously letting down our young people in order to save our blushes and appease a few lunatic men in frocks who shouldn’t have any hand in running schools in the first place.

I am, quite frankly, speechless.


An interesting piece in The Times this morning by erstwhile Historian and Master of Wellington College, Anthony Seldon. It calls for more initiative from independent schools to set up academies or otherwise build relationships with the maintained sector. However people view public schools, two things strike me as certain in the current debate. One is that the divide between independent and state schools is the main driver of inequality and diminishing social mobility in the UK today. The second is that public schools are still not doing enough to justify their tax breaks: as Seldon says, offering bursaries or needs-blind admissions is likely to be exploited by wily middle-class parents rather than benefit the talented working class kids that they’re supposed to help. So, how we proceed from here is open to debate, but I can at least applaud a Master of a top public school for highlighting the fact that his sector is not currently pulling its weight.