Isle of Man suspends sex education curriculum

Isle of Man suspends sex education curriculum

Queen Elizabeth II High School in Peel, Isle of Man has suspended its sex education curriculum after parents raised concerns about a drag queen guest reportedly telling pupils there are 73 genders and making a child who argued there are ‘only two’ leave the classroom. An independent review of the school’s personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) curriculum, led by the island’s government, has been launched.

The concerns raised by parents centre around the ‘graphic, disproportionate, indecent presentation’ of sexual acts and gender identities being taught to their children, some as young as 11. The children were taught about sex change operations, oral and anal sex, and were informed about how skin grafts can be used to create an artificial penis.

According to Vice-chairman of Marown Commissioners Eliza Cox, a lot of children were left traumatised and unable to talk to their parents about the lesson. In response, a petition has been launched by parents calling for an ‘immediate investigation’ into the lessons. The Isle of Man government has stated that it has launched an independent review to gain an understanding of what has taken place.

The school’s head teacher, Charlotte Clarke, has requested an independent review into the situation and said she is happy to take part. She has also encouraged the community to avoid speculation at this time. The Department for Education has emphasised the rights of parents to see teaching materials being taught to their children in schools and has said that schools must make sure all content they use is factual and age-appropriate and engage with parents so they are aware of what their children are being taught.

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