Teach­ing our kids about re­spect and equal­ity

Paisley Daily Express - - A Newlandscape -

Last week, I took part in a de­bate on Per­sonal, So­cial and Health Ed­u­ca­tion (PSHE).

Ed­u­ca­tion is clearly a de­volved is­sue, but it’s one that I care about.

PSHE – in­clud­ing re­la­tion­ship and sex ed­u­ca­tion (RSE) – is key to help­ing to elim­i­nate sex­ist at­ti­tudes. It helps to ed­u­cate our kids about the im­por­tance of sus­tain­ing healthy, re­spect­ful and equal re­la­tion­ships be­tween boys and girls.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­cent study, over a third of fe­male stu­dents have ex­pe­ri­enced sex­ual ha­rass­ment whilst at school and un­for­tu­nately less than a quar­ter of fe­male stu­dents be­lieve that their school takes sex­ism se­ri­ously enough.

I firmly be­lieve that mak­ing el­e­ments of PSHE ed­u­ca­tion, in­clud­ing RSE, statu­tory in all schools would make a big dif­fer­ence in re­duc­ing the harm­ful at­ti­tudes that lead to this kind of be­hav­iour in schools and some­times es­ca­lat­ing to violence later in life.

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