- How Sex Ed Should be Taught
- July 6th, 2010
Reposted from "talk_politics"
In the 4th, 5th, and 6th grades, all the girls in my class were taken to the library to watch a 30-minute video on menstruation, followed by a Q & A session with a health professional, samples of tampons and pads, and a booklet to take home to our parents for further discussion. This was one of the best guides to sexual health I ever recieved, including information on where my clitoris was which came in handy later. :-)
As far as I am concerned this is how sex ed should be handled. From about age 12-18, students should recieve a sex-segregated (to make them more comfortable) lecture each year with a Q & A session, take home materials, and a test. Talk about everything and let the kids ask questions. Be frank and do not offer advice on behavior. If a kid wants to talk to you later privately, the teacher should make some time, but don't offer advice on behavior except "talk to your parents."
If teachers focus on the science of sex, pregnancy, disease, and disease prevention, they will more than do their jobs. That means explaining the mechanics of all sex acts(oral, anal, vaginal, and non-penetrative), how pregnancy happens and can be prevented, all the ways that disease can and does occur. This information has no moral or ethical provision. It is science.
At no point, should any teacher tell a student what they should or should not be doing with their bodies. That is up to the student, and if they have any influence, the parents.
The parents are the ones who ultimately guide them with the behavior that the model and with the talks or lack of tak about sex.