Magazine article The Spectator

Sex, Lies and Education

Magazine article The Spectator

Sex, Lies and Education

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It is an odd day when Ed Balls is rebuked for pandering to the religious right. Yet that is exactly what happened this week, after the Secretary for hildren, Schools and Families introduced an 'opt-out' clause in his new education bill which would allow religious schools to teach what they believe about sexual morality alongside the government curriculum.

The ouncil of Great Britain, grateful for any concession, have all welcomed the revised bill - even though it will still force Muslim teachers to instruct their pupils about homosexuality in a 'non-judgmental' way, and compel hristian schools to provide information on how children can gain 'access' to contraception and abortion.

But Balls's critics said he had 'watered down' his bill to appease the devout.

Surely, though, the debate about what state-funded religious schools may or may not teach about sex and condoms is a distraction from a more fundamental question: why does the government continue to promote a programme which has proved a catastrophic failure? …

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