Sunday Star Times 30 June 2013
A boys’ puberty quiz asking whether a lack of chest hair indicates a man is gay is raising eyebrows among sex educators. The question was included in a test given to intermediate-aged boys at an Auckland school last week, and came from a sex-ed kit provided by healthcare giants Johnson&Johnson. The school’s principal says the question was designed to “start a conversation” but experts say it has the potential to cause more harm that it’s worth, and is another example of the shambolic state of New Zealand’s sex education curriculum.
…..Glen Eden’s principal Terry Hewetson said the quiz was designed to provoke a discussion. Many of the questions were put up as “mythbusters” to give teachers the chance to tell the children the facts.
Hewetson said, like all schools, Glen Eden was required to consult with the community every two years about sex education, so parents knew what they were teaching.
There had been no complaints from parents about the quiz.
He pointed out the reason they were using a Johnson&Johnson quiz was because there was a lack of resources from the Ministry of Education.
Educators said that was a problem identified in a 2007 Education Review Office report, but little had been done to fix it.