A mother in the UK is livid after discovering her 11-year-old daughter’s school asked students to define “hardcore porn” among other inappropriate topics. Children in Years 7, 8, and 9 at Archbishop Sentamu Academy in Hull, Yorkshire were assigned the work in their Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) class as part of their home learning.
As we recently shared, in the US, many parents are being given the chance to more closely examine their children’s schooling during this time of widespread homeschooling, and now more parents are considering sticking with the practice even when schools reopen.
We imagine that parents in the UK may be feeling the same way after this disturbing story!
According to the UK’s Daily Mail, teachers asked 11 to 14-year-old children to define “pornography,” “soft porn,” “hardcore porn,” and “transsexual pornography,” “female genital mutilation,” “wet dreams,” “trafficking,” “male circumcision,” “breast ironing,” and many other terms. They were also asked questions pertaining to alcohol, drugs, and smoking.
Mrs. Taylor, the mother who discovered this disturbing assignment amongst her 11-year-old’s schoolwork, said that had her daughter got on the internet and searched these terms, the results would have “destroyed her mind” and “scarred her for life.”
Taylor, who has three children ages 7, 11, and 16, was alerted to the assignment prior to her daughter starting it via a Facebook post by another parent warning of the lurid questions.
“My daughter is still very much a child, we’ve still got magic elves, her bedroom is done in My Little Pony. She is very innocent and naive.” Taylor said, adding, “She was only in primary school last year living her best life, now she is being asked to search for hardcore pornography.”
“She’s 11, she should be doing stranger danger, and don’t share your info online, but genital mutilation is another thing. It was asking about male circumcision, breast ironing…I don’t even know what that is myself,” she continued.
“I’m just thinking is there kids out there who have done this work? You would be scared at what you saw. At 11 I was playing with Barbies. If they have seen it they can’t unsee it,” the concerned mother said before pointing out, “Now it’s making me think what they are learning about at school that we don’t know about. We only know about this because they’re home learning.”
She added, “They have been told to use Google and she would have searched it. I did Google hardcore porn and some of the images that came up was quite disturbing.”
“I don’t think she would have coped well with it if she had seen it.”
“If that was me as a kid and I did that, I’d do it and I’d think id done something wrong and I wouldn’t know how to tell my mam what I’d seen.”
Taylor did say she is supportive of sex education but that these assignments went too far and have the potential to “destroy” children’s minds.
“I’m not one of these parents who will say I don’t want you to do sex education as some is good for the kids, there are some things that they need to know, but not things that would destroy her mind.”
She then discussed how she handled it with the school:
I got in touch with the school. I had a few choice words, I was fuming and I said point blank she is not doing it, she wants to be out the lesson. I am disgusted with it.
How would they define that in school if they were not off? How would they have done that lesson when it’s against the law?
They’re a very religious school as well, so how can they say they are a religious school but condone writing something like this in the book? I can’t get my head around it. I don’t get the benefit from it, apart from scaring the kids.
I know there will be other parents out there saying they need awareness but an 11-year-old should not know about it, they do not need to know about it.
I think it’s disgusting. Some parents have said it’s good learning about it because it’s readily available, but it’s only readily available if you are not watching what they are doing.
Other parents and caregivers have also complained and were just as disgusted by the assignment. The academy has since apologized and said students were not expected to actually search the terms online.
The Daily Mail reports that Academy Principal Chay Bell said, “I am genuinely sorry if parents or students have unnecessarily researched any of these phrases and for any offence caused,” adding, “I have asked that any future materials of this nature have a clear statement ensuring students and their parents are aware of any potentially sensitive content and will ensure all materials are fully age appropriate.”
Of course these 11 to 14-year-old students are going to turn to the internet for help defining these terms. It’s completely absurd to think they wouldn’t. This assignment was given intentionally to corrupt the young, impressionable minds of these innocent children.
Whether you are in the UK or the US, the fact that anyone in the modern world thinks this is remotely acceptable should deeply disturb you.
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