Ah, yes! The childhood memories coming flooding back: My father saying to me, “Son, it’s time you learned the proper techniques for ‘self-stimulation.'”
That’s one of the preposterous terms, along self-touching, that children as young as six will be learning in one English county, along with instruction in a pursuit that needs no help, especially from school.
According to the Daily Mail, The lessons are part of a new program called “All About Me” that teaches about sex and relationships.
All About Me is being rolled out across 241 primaries by Warwickshire County Council and could be adopted by other local authorities next year as part of the Government’s overhaul of Relationship and Sex Education (RSE).
Under a section called Touching Myself, teachers are advised to tell children that ‘lots of people like to tickle or stroke themselves as it might feel nice’. They are also instructed to inform youngsters that this may include touching their ‘private parts’ and, that while some people may say this behaviour is ‘dirty’, it is in fact ‘very normal’.
Not surprisingly, some (though evidently not all!) parents are up in arms. “One couple told last night how they were so disturbed they withdrew their sons from lessons at a school where the programme is already being taught.”
Even politicians who had supported the RSE legislation have since shared concerns. Tory MP David Davies is quoted as saying:
I and many other parents would be furious at completely inappropriate sexual matters being taught to children as young as six. These classes go way beyond the guidance the Government is producing and are effectively sexualising very young children.
The concerns seem well-founded. As I reported over the weekend, a 10-year-old at a Maryland school was charged with fourth-degree sex offense and second-degree assault after telling a fourth-grade girl on the playground that he was going to “rape her” and “f*ck her hard.”