Whose Job is it Really to Teach Sex Education?
Whose responsibility is it to teach sex education, parents or the school system? As a child when you are curious you ask your parents first, but as you get older your teachers can answer some of your questions better. Sex education can be an awkward topic for a child and parents. Sex education being taught through the school system takes relief off of both the child and parent. Not to mention a teacher qualified to teach sex education would be able to cover everything over this topic. Some parents are uncomfortable with this, because they want their child to stay innocent and they think that the topic does not need to be brought up. But in reality children are going to be exposed to sex no matter how young. Parents try to avoid this topic for as long as they can, but sometimes it is too late. That is why it is important for the school system to teach this subject, because it will be taught at the appropriate age and correctly.
Sex education can be considered taboo in some households, but that does not mean it should not be taught. “Unfortunately, most parents are uncomfortable to talk to their kids about sex. Hence, youngsters end up getting partial or even incorrect information from the internet.” (Sambe) Talking about sex to your child may make you feel uncomfortable which is completely normal. It is okay as a parent to not feel comfortable talking about such a topic, but that is why sex education should be taught at school. Most sex educators have been teaching for years and are very comfortable talking about sex. Like Mona Coates, a human sexuality professor, states “’I realize all our body parts are normal. I don’t think it’s so terrible to separate the knees and elbows from the vaginas and penises.’” (Earnest) So a sex educator will most likely be able to teach sex more efficiently. I am not necessarily saying that it is not the parents’ responsibility to sit their children down, but the school system should have some part in this. Sex education taught in the classroom takes the awkwardness out of such talks at home or at least takes some of the pressure off of the parents.
If the school system teaches sex education it does not mean that the parents just should not bring up the topic at all. For a healthy family relationship, parents should reach out to their children and make them feel comfortable when talking about sex or other topics. Parents should not be completely responsible for teaching their child sex education, but parents should help their child understand sex education outside of the classroom. A parent would answer questions over any other topic so why not sex? Because as a parent you think it promotes sex or your child is so innocent and young. Well whether you’re communicating with your child about sex or they’re learning about it in school, it’s better for your child to be prepared and know the consequences of sexual activity at such a young age before it is too late.
Sometimes it is not that adults feel uncomfortable teaching sex education, it is the fact that they think it will promote sex. They think through sex education that it will encourage children to become sexually active at a younger age. But with or without sex education teens are still engaging in sexual activity. According to data collected in 2002 the average age of a person’s first sexual experience was 16.9 in the United States. (Avanceña) This average age can actually be considered very young to other countries. Over time the average age will get younger, because of technology and curiosity. Sex can be all over the internet and easily accessed by anyone. Technology just keeps improving so children soon become curious enough to look it up themselves no matter how young. Which others may think this is a good thing that the children learn on their own time by themselves. Some think that the internet has all the answers and will make it less awkward for everyone. But the...
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