Name: Najma Elmi
Occupation: Student, Primary school
Location: Central London
" we were all playing stuck in the mud me and my friends. Armani a boy went under Catherines legs, then the year 5 and 6 kids starting laughing and saying that was dirty. Before they had those lessons they used to play with us but now they just watch and make fun of us."
After the year 5 and 6 kids are taught about sex education, they become less like kids and more subconcious about everything. A simple game of stuck in the mud is not so simple, the older kids see everything as being dirty in a sexual context. This is taking the fun out of games such as stuck in the mud for others that are younger then them. If the older kids are acting in this manner what makes education authority that even the youngest taught would not act this way.
RODING PRIMARY SCHOOL
Here I've added a small part of the view/answer of a headteacher and a parent, which gives a vague idea of the difference of thinking gaps and who is affected by such desicions.
Headteacher (Mr.S.Fox): ''The curriculum is very thought out. Desicions are made through our governing bodies where school workers just follow the rules. Our children are being told about their body parts from year 2, let's say age 6 and 7. They are taught the outskirts of where babies come from and how they are made.''
Mrs Sadaf Hussain (Parent of two girls aged 7 and 8): ''It is easier not to speak to your children about these things. But we do have to realise that they will come across the topic at some point. I think it's best for them to learn naturally and in their own time. Every child has a different mental capability of the other and as for my girls, religion is also part of the issue as if it is being taught, it is happening in a class of both girls and boys, which I'm totally uncomfortable with. It feels part of the upbringing of my own children is not in my hands but of those of a different age, view and culture that at the end of the day shapes the thinking of my girls.
Muniza Hussain (age 8, school-Eastbury Primary) : First she couldn't stop giggling over the idea that I even asked her if she has been taught about body parts in school. 'We learnt about private parts a long time ago (year 2, age 7), and about where babies come from.
Tehreem Z. Mehdi 18:47, March 13, 2011 (UTC)
In my opinion, when it is rare and that means extremely for a child to start puberty at the age of 7 or even 8, then what is the need to eradicate an innocent mind? Why should children spell c-for condom rather than c-for cat?