Permit Biblical teaching on sex in SRE and reinstate the three books banned by the DEC.
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We urge Adrian Piccoli MP and the DEC to permit free expression and discussion of the Biblical teaching on the issues of sex and marriage in the opt-out Special Religious Education classes and permit the reinstatement of the two approved curriculum books and a Christian book on teen sex are banned by the DEC.
Three books that teach teenagers to honour sex and faithfulness in marriage have been suspended from the SRE (Special Religious Education) high school curriculum in New South Wales overnight and SRE teachers are required not to teach the materials from these books.
The DEC (Department of Education and Communities NSW) has directed all principals in NSW to ban certain parts of the curriculum and are requiring High School SRE teachers to sign a form agreeing they will not use this material. The books are "You: An Introduction" by Michael Jensen, "A Sneaking Suspicion" by John Dickson and "Teen Sex by the Book" by Dr Patricia Weerakoon. No further explanation as to how the books were in conflict with the department’s policy was given in the directive.
While each book argues for the traditional view, they also encourage open discussion. Given that Anglican SRE operates on an opt-out basis, it is totally inappropriate that the DEC should ban certain material from its curriculum. Such an action is a violation of both students' and parents' rights to freedom of religious expression.
I myself am a parent and I want my children to be educated about the traditional moral values of sex and marriage in high school, and SRE has been doing a good job in the past.
If we lose, we will lose our freedom to teach our children about the traditional values and morals on sex and marriage in public high school.
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