It was good to be on holiday – but I still had to do a little because of an article that appeared in The Sunday Herald – What price for a Herald? The debate over compulsory LBGTI+ education in schools This letter was a follow up….
As last we seem to be making some progress in what I would call Scotland’s dialogue – not ‘culture war’.
Firstly I agree with Robert Canning of Secular Scotland when he says that children should be taught facts, and not indoctrinated. They should be taught about the various views of human sexuality and the health risks associated with sex, including the increased health risks associated with sexual promiscuity and homosexuality.
It was also good to head Seamus Searson of the Scottish Secondary Teachers Association wanting teachers to be more sensitive to the diverse needs of the pupils they teach. Teachers do have a duty to answer all questions (if that is possible), correct untruths and tackle prejudice from whatever source. That is why I look forward to the Scottish government funding the training of teachers to help them understand the Christian faith so that they can tackle the untruths and prejudices that Christian pupils face. I think of the teenage girl who was openly mocked in class for her Christian faith by her teacher, or the young boy who was bullied as a ‘bible basher’, or the misinformation fed to teenagers when they are told that Christians are homophobes and bigots. Yes – it would be excellent if Scottish teachers were trained in what real Christianity is and taught how to support those who are mocked, ridiculed and bullied because they believe in Jesus Christ.
David A Robertson
St Peters Free Church
4 St Peter St
DD1 4 JJ