Age appropriate? May 3, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
Headteachers have been accused by parents of brainwashing their children after disagreements about teaching on topics such as homosexuality as part of personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE).
The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) is calling on the government to make PSHE a statutory part of the curriculum to protect teachers from claims that they are following a personal agenda, which can result in a breakdown in the relationship between school and community. The situation is particularly fraught in primary schools because of disagreements about what topics should be covered at what age, though once parents are told the details of the age-appropriate material being used, they are usually reassured.
And here’s an example of same:
“If you deal with topics relating to homosexuality in a lesson and a parent from whatever background disagrees with that, they say, ‘I do not want my children taught about these issues.’
“The trouble is, these are controversial topics which our society doesn’t wholly agree on and teachers are having to be quite brave sometimes in doing that and we should have their back when they do that.”
That’s very true, but the odd thing is that, for example, the culture itself means that children are often well aware of these topics, ‘controversial’ or not, from an early age. It could hardly be otherwise – take this state where last year the same sex marriage referendum meant that the public space was filled with discussions that only the most sheltered would not have heard.
I’d be a bit worried if an eight-year old didn’t have some sense of these matters (though having an eight year old, in truth watching, say Friends, where so much of it just sails over her head my major concern is whether the existence of non-existence of Santa Claus is given away. Let’s just say they’ve come very close on one occasion). What do others think?