Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Australia: Private school urges bizarre no-sex letters

Via the Sunday Times, Australia:

GIRLS at a private school are being forced to write letters to their yet-to-be born children discouraging them from having sex before marriage.

But outraged parents say they pay Methodist Ladies' College in Claremont top dollar for a balanced education, not for bizarre, outdated "religious dogma'' to scare their daughters off sex.

The WA AIDS Council and parents said a ``fire and brimstone'' approach deprived teens of balanced information that helped them make informed decisions about sex, which could lead to problems such as unwanted pregnancies and sexual diseases.

"(The Year 11 students) aren't being allowed to have any other perspective when they write this `Letter to my future child','' one angry dad, who didn't want to be named, told The Sunday Times.
``We discourage our kids from being promiscuous, but we're outraged that the school could use such dogma to teach sex education.''


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Outrageous. And this is from a country that has been much more progressive on issues related to gender and education than the U.S. has been!

Posted by: David S. Cohen | Dec 4, 2007 8:58:42 AM