New Parent Resource Highlights Strain With Public Education Approach

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A new parenting resource from educational media provider Choicez Media highlights growing tension between parents rights and public education's growing sense of "mission creep."


Parents need to resist a growing sense of 'mission creep' from public education.

A new parenting resource from fast growing education business Choicez Media highlights the growing tension between parents rights and state intervention in sensitive areas of parenting.

The new puberty formation resource, Things Are Changing aims to give parents a much stronger role in the sexual formation and education of their own children. Choicez Media director, Jonathan Doyle states, " In recent years we have seen an increasing role played by public education in the sexual formation of young people. This began with the emphasis on harm minimisation strategies and public health issues such as the reduction of sexually transmitted infections and teen pregnancy. However, this has also meant that some governments and public education systems have drawn the strange conclusion that parents are no longer the primary educators of their own children in such sensitive areas of development."

The resource is structured to allow parents to work through the changes of puberty with their own children in their own home via a series of online videos and PDF workbooks made available in a private online membership area. Doyle says, "It is about giving parents back a sense of confidence and control in their own relationships with their own kids. Even if parents feel unsure they need to know that no one can do this better than they can. They are educators because they are parents."

The approach will no doubt have its critics who see an increased role for government and the education sector in sexuality formation for young people. In recent years numerous universities have developed a stronger interest in teacher formation in the area of sexual health issues for young people. Given that large amounts of government funding are allocated for sexual health and disease reduction strategies both universities and public education systems will have a strong interest in ensuring that their role continues to grow.

Doyle states, 'Many astute commentators have raised concerns about increasing government intervention in the lives of private citizens and families. While we share government's concerns for public health issues we argue that the family remains the best resource we have for ensuring better mental, sexual and personal health outcomes for young people. If kids have access to comitted parents who have the tools and resources such as Things Are Changing to help them navigate these crucial milestones of development, such as puberty, then we can actually help save the state a lot of money and effort."

So far, the new puberty formation resource has seen a strong growth in interest from places as diverse as London, Tokyo and the Philippines.

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