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Sex Education

Good evening everyone.

Today's discussion topic is: Sex Education.

First of all, what's Sex education?
Sex education is instruction on issues relating to human sexuality, including human sexual anatomy, sexual reproduction, sexual intercourse, reproductive health, emotional relations, reproductive rights and responsibilities, abstinence, birth control, and other aspects of human sexual behavior.

This Journal, however, is not about discussing what sex ed is, but it circles around different questions, such as:

-When should sex ed be taught to children?
-Who should teach it?
-What should they teach?

When should sex ed be taught to children?
Ok, that's a tricky question. As we all know, every child matures (phisically) within a close range of age. (can't tell the same about their brains, since there are a lot of 7 years old boys smarter than 30 years old ones).
Where I live, it usually begins around 12, but some places starts teaching it around 15.
Might be the right age, in my opinion.

Who should teach it?
Another nice question. Parents are usually too hy to talk about penises and vaginas in front of their kids, while teachers might not be good enough, making mistakes or jumping some parts.  between the two, I'd prefere parents. Otherwise, a nice pic would be a professional figure of the educator, an expert in sex education which is not afraid of teaching everything.

What should they teach?
Probably the hardest question,
Beside the obvious, how to mate and how baby are given to light, I think they should teach more.
Prevention of trasmission of STD is already taught, but 15yo might be too late.
One thing I do believe it should be taught is masturbation. How many of you heard about it during sex ed lessons?
people are still afraid about talking it in public, even if it's an awesome medicine. Masturbation should be encouraged, without teaching how to do it (we don't need visual techniques lessons).

Your thoughts?

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Added: 6 years, 6 months ago
6 years, 6 months ago
With statistics saying a large number of kids are having sex with each other (and older people) as young as 12, that seems the right age to be teaching them about condoms, stds, pregnancy, etc in my opinion! It's the age they start teaching it here in Australia too.
6 years, 6 months ago
I underwent quite a few classes over the years, and in retrospect, I think it worked better than trying to lump it all together at a specific age.

About age 9-10 was the first sex-ed I had, though it was called "Human Development," and that was the focus.  It was all about puberty, the various changes we would be going through, and the things we would be facing.  The topic of sex was discussed, but very light-heartedly; not out of any shyness on the teacher's part, but rather just that something like that really isn't important for someone that young.  Outside of that class, if we had questions, we had a little notebook from which we'd tear out a page, write down our question, and put it in a box.  The teacher would check the box at break times, and then come speak with us privately to tell us that the question would be answered next class, or if it was something important it'd be answered right away in private.  It was a very supportive, encouraging, open environment, and I'm happy to say that now some 20+ years later, I still hang out with that teacher on both a friend and colleague basis (he's also a friend of the family).

More classes came each year in middle school, and then each year in high school as well.  Those classes focused more on the sexual and biological nature of human sexuality, and in the high school portion, were taught by the PE teacher.  PhysEd was his passion, but his Masters was in Biology with a Bachelors in Psychology.  Talk about the perfect guy for the job, eh?  All the knowledge you could ever want, and the tact and sensitivity to deal with an otherwise hellaciously immature cluster of high school kids.  <laughs>  Those classes were taught in a very informal, progressive way, too, using a roundtable format on a first-name basis.  Openness was encouraged, and any bad behavior in class--whether in general or towards each other--was very quickly redirected by the teacher, rather than being punished.  It served to keep the atmosphere very relaxed, comfortable, and conducive to learning about an otherwise uncomfortable topic.

To answer your questions, though?  That's tough, since even within any given country, there can be a diverse population in a specific area that faces their own unique circumstances and statistics.  It's one of those things that I think really benefits from a personal touch.  I don't think it's so much about when it should be taught, as it is about what gets taught when.  Planting the seed at a young age can be beneficial later on in life, but the information given would be very broad, simplistic, and more of an acknowledgement of the subject of sex itself rather than instruction on technique.

Who?  Someone who's educated; not just on the subject, but also on topics such as Psychology.  You're teaching a sensitive subject to an emotionally, socially, and physically immature group.  Having that insight can be integral to making sure the information gets across in a manner that the group can cope with it and understand it.

What?  More as time goes on.  Start off light, always keep an open environment, keep utmost confidentiality both in and out of class, and let the group know they can come to you one-on-one if they don't want to bring something up in front of the class.
6 years, 6 months ago
Well, that's an interesting answer, very well done ^^

Here, we started to learn about how babies are made in our last year of elementary. It was purely a 'scientific' thing, telling there are boys and girls, sperm and eggs and nothing more.

Once in middle school, last year, we stared to go more in depth about it. The subject turned more into "affectivity eduation", which relies more about social interaction and all. None of this was carried out by professional teachers, by our science teacher.

About other aspects of sex, we never heard of them

When in hight school, we had a day-lesson about sex. This was more about undesired pregnancy prevention and STDs, which ended with us receiving a private, free visit. This time, luckly, it was carried out by professional people and an andrologist.
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