Published 4 June 2009
4 June 2009
Straits Times Breaking News (online only)
Professorship of gay studies
BOSTON – IVY League university Harvard is to endow a professorship of gay, lesbian and transgender studies, the organisers said on Wednesday.
The Harvard Gay and Lesbian Caucus announced that the US$1.5 million (S$2.25 million), funded by members and supporters of the group, will ‘enable Harvard to regularly invite eminent scholars studying issues related to sexual minorities.’ Continue reading ‘ST Breaking news: Professorship of gay studies’
By Ng Wan Ching
May 31, 2009
By most accounts, Anna (not her real name) is an intelligent student. She scored mostly As and Bs throughout her school years.
But ask her whether there’s sperm in pre-ejaculate (which is produced when a man is aroused) and she’s stumped.
‘Er, no?’ she said.
She’s wrong and she isn’t the only one.
Amid all the buzz about sexual education programmes in schools and what is appropriate to be taught, a study has found ‘worrying’ gaps in the knowledge of even post-secondary students. Continue reading ‘TNP: CONTRACEPTION: S’PORE STYLE’
By Radha Basu, Senior Correspondent
The Sunday Times
May 10, 2009
Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover was every parent’s dream. A Boy Scout, he scored good grades at school, loved football and helped out at the local church.
Yet, after dinner on April 6, the Massachusetts boy wrapped an extension cord around his neck and killed himself. He was 11.
Ten days later, on April 16, Jaheem Herrera from Georgia hanged himself with a fabric belt, hours after returning home with glowing grades. He too was 11.
Both families say that relentless taunts by schoolmates who called them ‘gay’ drove the boys to their deaths. The schools have not denied their allegations. Continue reading ‘ST: Mothers, talk to your kids about the birds and the bees’
7 May 2009
Straits Times Print Forum
Why MOE suspended Aware project
IN RECENT weeks, the Ministry of Education (MOE) has received feedback on the sexuality education programme conducted by the Association of Women for Action and Research (Aware), as well as other lesson material not involving Aware. MOE has done a thorough investigation and the following are its findings and future steps.
MOE and the schools do not promote alternative lifestyles to students. The ministry’s framework for sexuality education reflects the mainstream views and values of Singapore society, where the social norm consists of the married heterosexual family unit. Continue reading ‘ST: Education Ministry’s letter on why it suspended Aware project’
7 May 2009
GP teachers did not push alternative lifestyles
By Amelia Tan
IN ITS letter to The Straits Times yesterday, the Ministry of Education (MOE) revealed that it had received ‘feedback’ about materials on alternative lifestyles used in junior college General Paper lessons.
Among the issues raised was one contained in an e-mail which has made the rounds recently.
It said that during a discussion of same-sex marriages, students at a junior college were given a worksheet with questions asking for their views of a nuclear family unit. They were also asked to discuss topics such as the legalisation of gay marriage and parents of the same sex forming families through adoption. Continue reading ‘ST: GP teachers did not push alternative lifestyles’
7 May 2009
External sex education programmes suspended in schools
By Theresa Tan & Amelia Tan
ALL sexuality education programmes run by external groups in schools – including the controversial one by the Association of Women for Action and Research (Aware) – have been suspended by the Ministry of Education (MOE).
In addition, the ministry will implement a new, tougher vetting process for the selection of such external programmes by schools.
The move comes about a week after some parents told MOE that they were concerned about the content found in an instructor guide for Aware’s programme, which was posted online. Continue reading ‘ST: External sex education programmes suspended in schools’
6 May 2009
From The Informant Network Team:
Here’s another email forwarded to Prime Minister Lee, a few PAP MPs and many other people to manipulate public perception against the CSE.
The segment on homosexuality takes up only 5 minutes of the 3 hour CSE which is taught only to 11 schools in Singapore.
It is most ridiculous to accuse it as part of a homosexual plot to undermine the institution of marriage in Singapore. Continue reading ‘TheWayangParty: LEAKED: Appeal to Prime Minister on values of marriage and family’