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Should Comprehensive Sex Education be Mandatory?
It is unfair to force teachers to deliver content which may make them feel uncomfortable, or even actively contradict their beliefs.
Teachers who deliver this content without fully believing in it are likely to do so poorly.
A comprehensive sex education program would likely begin in the early years of schooling, where teachers do not have the option of specialising in terms of what subjects they teach.
Religious schools strive to also teach religion and the morals that are associated with said religion. Mandatory CSE would represent forcing these schools and the teachers who work in them to teach material that is contradictory to the purpose of the school.
There is nothing inherently uncomfortable about these topics - that they are not discussed it what makes them taboo. Teachers can be part of changing this.
Teachers are not entitled to teach according to their own belief systems - that is precisely why a national curriculum exists.
To deny children the right to information about reproductive health due to personal beliefs is an abuse of the parent, teacher or guardian's position.
Specialist educators (e.g. school psychologists/counsellors or external sex educators) can be used to implement comprehensive sex education where teachers are uncomfortable with the content.
Teachers cannot opt out of teaching other core subjects, like literacy and numeracy, on moral grounds. Health and sex education are equally important and should be treated the same way.
Teachers are employed by the state. They have a legal obligation to teach what the state tells them to.