Why, here in the UK, do so many people see Sex Education as a problem? The Government is now going to introduce a Sex Education Programme at a younger age and there is such debate going on, as though it was all a big thing. Having sex is a natural thing for goodness sake, like eating, going to the lavatory, breathing. I would hazard a guess that children in African tribes and other "so called" Primitive peoples know the facts of life at a very early age. Why should it all be such a big deal here?
I suspect here in the UK that a lot of it is left over from the Victorian era, when they even put frills round the bottom of piano legs as they were thought a bit indecent! And it will not be helped by the innuendo that has become such a part of comedy on TV either. I really don't see why we cannot relax about the whole thing and answer questions as and when they arise.
I am sure the farmer had no need for such a thing, living as he did in close proximity to breeding animals of all kinds; and having three sisters and two brothers would help too, siblings are very good at doling out the facts of life, even if they are wrong.
There was an amusing letter in The Times earlier this week from a man who had been at Boarding School as a child. At the end of the first term they were all gathered together in the Hall to be told the arrangements for the next day, when they were to be collected by parents. They had to have their trunks packed ready, they were to meet their parents in a certain spot, while they were waiting they could do various sports and for a limited time the swimming pool would be open. Then, with little or no warning, the master launched into a lecture about The Birds and the Bees - in a very embarrassed fashion. When he had explained it he asked if there were any questions. One little chap tentatively put up his hand. "Please sir, what time did you say the swimming pool would close?"
I would love to know your views. Should it become a subject on the curriculum - and if so at what age; should it be left to parents - what is the best way to try to ensure that our children grow up knowing about the facts of life in a sensible, common-sense way? My view is that the sexual problems here in the UK - whether they be of a criminal nature or just sexual "hang ups" within relationships - have little or nothing to do with sex education and much more to do with the general way in which children are brought up and the kind of relationship they have with their parents. What do you think?