HIV and Aids in schools


HIV AND AIDS IN SCHOOLSThe political economy of pressure groups and miseducationBarrie Craven, Pauline Dixon, Gordon Stewart & James Tooley2001, 99pp £4.00 (rrp £10.00),


HIV and Aids teaching is compulsory in British schools but the content is not prescribed. Should teaching in such a difficult field, where there are disputes among experts, be left to secondary school teachers with no specialist knowledge? The authors conclude that, because material is provided by pressure groups, teachers are exaggerating the Aids problem and failing to stress the extent to which the risk of infection depends on behaviour. Their conclusion about Britain is that HIV/Aids teaching should no longer be compulsory. Either the law should be repealed or schools should simply drop the subject.