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(p. 323) Sex Education in Schools 

(p. 323) Sex Education in Schools
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(p. 323) Sex Education in Schools
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Donald W. Winnicott

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190271350.003.0062
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date: 20 July 2018

In this essay, Winnicott asserts that in relation to sexual education, children need three things: people around them they can trust, a clear instruction in biology, and a steady emotional environment to grow and test all this within. Active adaptation is the watchword in all child-care and education. For younger children the answer is biology, the objective presentation of nature, with no bowdlerization. People with an urge to teach sex to children should be discouraged. In day-schools the children are able to be in touch with the growing families of relations and neighbours, but in boarding schools this may not be so, unless the staff are understanding and thoughtful. Organised sex instruction scares away the poetry and leaves the function and sex parts high and dry and banal. A child who unconsciously fears and flees from sex play may jump to a spurious sexual maturity.

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