It’s been over three years since we made the decision homeschool our children. For the most part it’s been enjoyable. Not having to do school runs in inclement weather is great, as is not having to get everyone out of the door by a certain time every morning. It’s not always easy, but it’s definitely worth it and we know we would never want our children educated any other way.
Our decision to homeschool originally stemmed from realising what a hold the government has over our children’s learning and this week homeschooling has never looked so good. Let me tell you, if we weren’t already doing it we’d be pulling the kids out of school pretty sharp now.
It wasn’t a complete shock when we heard that they want schools to teach sex education to five year olds. After all, I don’t know that there’s any level of our lives, including our children, that they don’t want to control. The material that has been approved, however, is completely shocking.(You may want to make sure there are no children sitting near you when you click over to this link).
My almost four, five and six year olds don’t even know the word “sex”. They shouldn’t know what sex is. They are four, five and six for goodness sakes. My eight year old doesn’t need to know and my eleven year old doesn’t need to know too much either.
If the younger ones don’t even know the word, they don’t need to learn the words “masturbation”, “homosexuality”, or “prostitute” and they do not need to know the definitions, explained, very thoughtfully, in age appropriate language.
How long before the powers that be want to back the theory up with some practical lessons? A sick joke? It ought to be, but not one I’m making without thinking that some day it may possibly happen. This is not an area of education that the government has any right in interfering with. It’s none of their business and, to be honest, it’s extremely disturbing.
Children should not know these things. In my mind, I can’t distinguish the difference between educating five year olds in matters of sex or grooming them. I just can’t. Because you can’t do it. Where is the line? How is it different to a paedophile in an internet chatroom telling your child what’s “good” and “nice”? It’s no different. It’s just legal.
My children are to be children. They need to learn their A,B,C’s and their 1,2,3’s. (The government might want to take a look at keeping the focus on these subjects themselves in schools, given the endlessly moving boundaries which are dumbing down the exam pass marks because the kids now just aren’t getting the proper education in the things that matter).
My children need to be listening to stories like the Princess and the Pea, or the Very Hungry Caterpillar, not looking at cartoons of different sexual positions.
They like dot-to-dots which make pictures of tractors or dolphins. They don’t need to know what an orgasm is or how it feels.
It’s not enough to say that parents can”opt-out” of their children participating in these classes. There is no such thing as “opting out”. Once parents walk back out through those school gates they are giving you permission to teach whatever you like, because that’s what the politicians know best. And even if the kids get to sit in a separate classroom while the lesson is being taught to their peers, how long after their classmates skip out is it before the stories are being passed along?
I am frighteningly worried at the apathy in this country. For so long people have been told what to think, what to do, that I fear many parents will not take a stand. If we continue to allow the government to take control of our families, even in circumstances like this, where will it end? Slowly but increasingly our parental rights are being eroded. Being given the option to “opt-out” doesn’t make it alright. For goodness sakes take back your children and make a stand on their behalf.
Explicit sex education for five year olds is un-needed, unwanted and unnecessary.
Why can’t we just let children be children?
Why do we need to take their innocence away so soon?
The bottom line isn’t even that they are too young to know these things, even though they are.
It isn’t that they don’t need to know these things yet, even though they don’t.
The botton line is that my children are my children.
I am their mother. My husband is their father.
It is up to the two ofus what they learn and when they learn it.
No politician has any right to take that decision. It doesn’t matter how much they emphasise that they’ll give us the choice of “opting out”. We will never “opt out” of being a parent. Not for five seconds, five minutes, five hours or however long you want to take over the job.
This is our family and not yours. Mine and my husband’s. You are here to serve us. You can’t serve us until you listen to us. This is what we are saying. I suggest you listen clearly.
You do not have the right to teach them anything we don’t want them to be taught. You do not have a higher authority over them than we do. You do not have the authority over us or our family. You might want to. You might try to. You might even give the impression you do. But you don’t.
Back away from my children… NOW.
And I hope many, many other parents here in the UK will be telling you the same.
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