Love in the classroom

21st October 2005 at 01:00
The leading spokesman for Scotland's education authorities entered the debate on sex education this week with a bold declaration that the subject should move from the biological to the spiritual.

Ewan Aitken, who speaks for the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, criticised the way sex education had "chosen to prioritise procreation over pleasure, and so allowed itself to be boxed into the judgmental category".

This approach, Mr Aitken told a sexual health conference in Dundee on Wednesday, "has hindered its ability to really make the contribution it could have to the debate and to bring a sense of the spiritual to the sexual health table".

Mr Aitken, an ordained Church of Scotland minister and executive member for children and families on Edinburgh City Council, said: "We need to talk as much about love and commitment as we do about condoms and chlamydia."

He called on schools, parents and churches to acknowledge that sexual pleasure was "a Godly thing, a spiritual thing, a gift from God to be nurtured and enjoyed in a way that is positive for each of us and those around us"

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