Several parents’ associations complained to Scotland’s progressive government about a school survey in which children under 14 are asked about their experience with “anal, oral sex” and other obscene questions, under the argument of wanting to know children’s needs in order to advise them well.
Eileen Prior, chief executive of Connect, Scotland’s largest parents’ organization, sent a letter to Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s current first minister, to complain about the education system’s annual survey to the country’s schools and colleges to complete this year.
As reported by The Guardian, it has generated disapproval for asking secondary school pupils from year four upwards about relationships and sexual health. One much-commented question asked pupils to list the extent of sexual experience they have had, from kissing to vaginal and anal sex.
Prior asserted that the survey was “not fit for purpose” and sharply questioned the line of questioning, “Why would policy-makers need to know about oral sex?”
Ms. Prior questioned the obscenity of the questions and their relevance to the age of the children surveyed. She also said that the way the government handles the confidentiality of the information is not guaranteed.
“There is no statement to say exactly who will look at data and what the research purposes are specifically,” Prior wrote in her letter. “Information gathered clearly makes children and young people identifiable at school, local authority or national level.”
“There is no mention of how data will be stored (or) how access will be restricted or managed,” she added.
To complete the survey, children must use a “unique Scottish candidate number,” and the government can identify individual students “in exceptional circumstances.” However, there’s no mention of the exceptional circumstances, which is what the parents’ group is pointing to as dangerous.
Nicola Sturgeon said that the survey is not compulsory, and both the authorities of each school and parents could opt out of it.
Arguing why it was decided to include that line of questioning, the first minister said, “Either we can bury our heads in the sand and pretend that young people are not exposed to the issues or the pressures that we know they are exposed to. Or we can seek to properly understand the reality that young people face and provide them with the guidance, the advice, and the services they need to make safe, healthy, and positive decisions.”
A Scottish government spokesperson clarified that “health and wellbeing surveys like this one are not new and play a crucial role in ensuring children and young people have access to the help, advice, and services they need.” Although one of the things Connect questions is that it has not delineated how they will use the information collected or who will have access.
With progressive policies, sexual education has been introduced in schools around the world, sparking opposition from parents who refuse to allow the school, which was initially a place to learn basic science, to mold their children’s moral character. Instead, they believe it’s usurping their role as parents, especially when many modern trends go against the traditional teachings that many pass on to their children.