Friday, February 21, 2003


Public schools (I use that in the US sense) in Britain have a new idea to reduce teenage pregnancy--teach kids all about oral sex instead. The program is called 'A Pause':
It aims to reduce promiscuity by encouraging pupils to discover “levels of intimacy”, including oral sex, instead of full sexual intercourse.

More than 100,000 children are now taking the course at one in every thirty secondary schools. It forms part of efforts to tackle Britain’s teenage pregnancy rate, which is the highest in Western Europe.

Yes, that's going to work. Not everyone, including a teacher trained in the program, is excited:
Lynda Brine, a teacher from a Doncaster comprehensive who recently attended a training day for the course, says in today’s Times Educational Supplement that she was primed to deal with detailed questions about oral and anal sex. “I was amazed. Are these really the sort of questions to which we as a profession should be responding?” she writes.

“There was no framework for talking about responsibility or the emotional side of relationships. By following this course, I feel that teachers are implicitly supporting under-age sexual activity.”

A bill is moving through Parliament to stop the program.

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