The Christian Institute

News Release

Stirling urged to block explicit sex and drugs lessons

A Christian Charity is calling for Stirling and Clackmannanshire Councils to ban controversial sex and drugs education materials from their schools. In an exhibition held on Tuesday 20th November in Stirling, members of the public will be able to see the materials for themselves.

The explicit materials are recommended in the official teacher’s guide for health education published by the Scottish Executive and Learning and Teaching Scotland.

Three Councils (including North Lanarkshire) have banned some or all of the materials. Councillors and headteachers in Stirling and Clackmannanshire will be invited to the exhibition. Advertisements are to appear in the local press.

Colin Hart, Director of the Christian Institute, said today:

“I very much hope that Councillors in Stirling and Clackmannanshire will block the use of the inappropriate materials as other Councils have done. We fear that these materials may be used in the future unless the Councils give clear guidance to stop their use.

So far as I know local schools are not using the materials at present, but the Executive’s recommendation means there is a great encouragement to do so.

We are providing the exhibition to help people see the lessons for themselves.”

Appalling materials

The controversial materials feature lessons and role playing exercises which are sexually explicit, dealing with topics such as group sex, bondage and anal sex. For homework children are asked to buy condoms from a chemist.

The drugs lessons tell teachers not to adopt an anti-drugs approach and include games where children pretend to be drug dealers. Children are told that a few goes on crack is not necessarily addictive and that ‘Most young people who use drugs come to little harm’. They are also reminded that inhaling solvents is perfectly legal.

Colin Hart added

“The materials are absolutely appalling. They promote drug use and bizarre sexual experimentation. As a former teacher I think they are dangerous and they should be banned from use in schools.”