A father, who wishes to remain anonymous, has expressed his concerns regarding what he deems as inappropriate and explicit sex education lessons at his child’s church school. He approached Rev. Nigel Genders, the chief education officer of the Church of England, with his grievances. The father claims that the unnamed Church of England school in Norfolk, England, is utilizing materials that teach children as young as 7 that they can be born in the wrong body and even encourages participation in simulated same-sex weddings.
Lack of Action and Response by the Church
Despite the father voicing his concerns to both the school and an independent review board, his worries have yet to be addressed. Seeking intervention from the Church of England, he sought an explanation for the inclusion of such a curriculum in one of its schools. Rev. Nigel Genders defended the school’s autonomy in designing its sex education program. He redirected the father back to the school, emphasizing that it is responsible for the sex education policy and resource decisions, in consultation with parents and advice from the Diocesan Board of Education.
Awaiting Government Guidance
Rev. Genders expressed his hope for forthcoming guidance from the government on handling these controversial issues in educational settings. He acknowledged the heightened attention these topics receive in the media and elsewhere. Schools aim to act in the best interest of children as they navigate sensitive issues like sex education and seek guidance to ensure proper handling of such matters.
Father’s Discontent and Decision
The anonymous father claims that the Church of England is shifting responsibility to the school and neglecting to address the contentious curriculum issue. He believes that the material is entirely inappropriate for the children’s age group, sexually explicit, influenced by ideology, and lacks scientific evidence. Consequently, the father removed his two children from the school and enrolled them in another educational institution.
Allegations Supported by Christian Legal Centre
The Christian Legal Centre (CLC) has been providing support to various families in the U.K. who claim to have faced discrimination based on their beliefs about sexuality within the Church of England. Recently, the CLC has raised concerns about teaching materials in multiple U.K. schools that suggest compatibility between LGBTQ behavior and Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.
Just Like Us and Their Influence in U.K. Schools
Just Like Us, an LGBTQ organization, provides lesson plans promoting instruction about same-sex relationships to children as young as 5. Their influence has reached high levels of the U.K. government, receiving endorsement from former Prime Minister Theresa May.
New Title: Father Raises Alarm Over Church School’s Controversial Sex Education Curriculum