Michael McCabe's working group tackled sex education as any other group would have examined any other curricular issue. Teachers will welcome its helpful comments. Sex is set within the contexts of health educatin, personal and social development and religious and moral education. Almost in an aside, teachers are adjured not to promote homosexuality. They are also reminded that some of their pupils may be worried about sexual orientation, or even convinced they are gay or lesbian.
As a warning about inappropriate behaviour by teachers, the new guidelines (whatever their status in law) are unnecessary. But teachers always knew that the controversy which gave them birth arose (confusing the metaphor) from a false pregnancy. There has never been a risk of gay propagandising in schools.
The Executive landed itself in a distracting mess because it assumed that Scotland is a more mature society than, alas, it evidently is. Ministers will now be reluctant to intervene where they might well. A case in point is the distasteful proselytising among school pupils by Precious Life. The group's anti-abortion leaflet is obscene and an affront to the spirit of the sex education report.