A Christian couple have hit the national headlines after they shared their story in September’s Evangelical Times of how they made a principled stand against their school’s sex education programme.
Following ET’s publication of an interview with Matthew and Naomi Seymour in September a number of national media organisations picked up on the story.
The Seymours took the difficult step of withdrawing their children from their primary school for a week, during which time the school was pushing a new radical sex education scheme.
Matthew and Naomi made their decision after they were alarmed by the content of the materials that were going to be used.
National newspapers have since interviewed the couple, and also published shocking details of the lessons that their children were expected to attend.
The Mail on Sunday reported that the teaching programme included telling children as young as six about touching or ‘stimulating’ their own genitals.
Other details of the lessons are too graphic to publish in this newspaper, and yet are being suggested for use in schools with primary-aged children.
The lessons are part of a controversial new sex and relationships teaching programme called ‘All About Me’.
It is being rolled out across 241 primaries by Warwickshire County Council and could be adopted by other local authorities next year as part of the Government’s overhaul of Relationship and Sex Education (RSE).
Matthew Seymour, 38, told the Mail on Sunday, ‘My wife cried the first time she read what was going to be in the lessons. This sexualisation of our children is just totally inappropriate.
‘They are calling it self-touching and they won’t use the term masturbation, but when you read it that’s exactly what they’re talking about.
‘We don’t want to start picket lines and wave banners. We’re just an ordinary family. I think many families who had seen these lesson plans would feel the same way we did.’
Warwickshire County Council said the lessons were ‘tailored to the age and development level of the children’, adding, ‘While some of the material may be sensitive for some, we believe it is important for children.’
An editorial in the Mail on Sunday said, ‘Critics of these classes have long suggested they are an attempt to undermine Christian teaching on such matters. Could this bizarre and creepy material prove their case?’