If they can't teach comprehensive sexual education, then they should just leave the subject alone entirely. Ideally, it would be parents who would teach their kids - but this is not an ideal world. I don't understand what the fuss is about it anyway. Why wouldn't you want your kids to know this? I don't want my kids to be ignorant of their own bodies and how they work. And I want my kids to have a shot at life - instead of getting a sexually transmitted disease that cuts their life short or have kids too early and never get a chance to be a young adult who doesn't have serious responsibilities. This is why I have already taught my sons what they need to know.
Should be as comprehensive as ethically possible. It would cut down on teenage pregnancies and intimacy problems later in life. As soon as you start with sex education based on religious principles, you are asking for badly adapted adults.
Permalink Reply by M on November 28, 2010 at 6:36pm
Reproduction should be part of a human biology class, as far as I'm concerned, and all kids should have to take it. Added to that, I agree with Kris F: facts concerning safe sex practices, STDs, and resources available should be taught. Some people get very upset that schools are doing what parents should. To me, giving a child facts to supplement their knowledge base is what teachers should do. Teachers should not make the decision for them, such as telling them, "You should be having sex and using condoms," or conversely, "Abstinence is the only choice for you." That, to me, is taking a parent's stance and is inappropriate. It would be the same as teaching history. If the teacher decided to toss in his prejudices about how the Confederacy was gypped and slavery should still be truckin' on to this day rather than just teach what actually happened and provoke thought that way, I would say he is overstepping his boundaries.
We all hope our kids will do what we tell them to do and not do what we tell them not to, but when the teens hit (and hormones), they are at a developmental age that their "work" is to become independent from us, their parents. That is a natural biological progression and it is what they should be doing. They will want to do what they want to do and they need the facts to make intelligent decisions for themselves.
Definitely #2! I can't really speak for anyone else, because I had an inattentive mother that let me voraciously read romance novels at the age of 10, but my own knowledge of what went on in the bedroom made me more willing to wait for a "special", memorable moment... Curiosity is probably what drives most kids... Rumors of such mind blowing pleasure would make anyone want to rush things.