Should teachers really be so involved in our children’s emerging sexuality and sex life?


I went to school when sex education was basically biology. We didn’t go into things like how to give enthusiastic consent. We didn’t have to. Aided by our parents, an older cousin, and possibly Dawson’s Creek, we mostly navigated this nuanced side that was highly subjective and impossible to teach on our own.

We are now in the consultation phase on the draft Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) Curriculum for the first cycle in post-primary schools. The proposed changes would see teaching hours increase to 100 hours, which equates to around one hour per week and the changes involve “new material on a range of issues including consent, safe internet use, pornography, gender identity and sexuality”. orientation”.

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