Pupils Should Be Taught in School that Abstinence and Celibacy are ‘Positive Life Choices’, says Church of England

(Link): Pupils Should Be Taught in School that Abstinence and Celibacy are ‘Positive Life Choices’, says Church of England

Excerpts:

by E. Busby

‘Relationships and sex education should be rooted in the teachings of the Church – including the understanding of marriage as context for sexual relationships’

Schools should teach pupils that abstinence and celibacy are “positive life choices”, the Church of England has said.

The practice of restraining from sexual activity is part of the Church’s suggestions for how relationships and sex education(RSE) should be taught in schools in the future.

A blog said the subject should be “rooted in the teachings of the Church” – including the Christian understanding of “marriage as the context for sexual relationships”.

The blog, written by the Church’s chief education officer, the Rev Nigel Genders, is about the Church’s response to the Government’s consultation on teaching RSE– which closed last month.

“In Church of England schools, RSE will be rooted in the teachings of the Church, including the importance of trust, loyalty, fidelity and the Christian understanding of marriage as the context for sexual relationships, as well as the understanding of abstinence and celibacy as positive life choices,” Rev Genders says.

Guidance on the subject is being updated amid concerns that the current advice is out of date and fails to address modern day issues such as cyber-bullying, sexting and online safety.


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