i was on the dr.phil site (i am a chronic phil watcher) and I was reading the replies to the show about sex education in schools. I was SHOCKED to read how many people believe that sex education should not be taught in school at all, but instead left entirely up to the parents. From a nursing point of view, I found this disturbing. Sex ed is more than just about a moral decision but medical consequences such as STDs, pregnancy, etc.
What are your opinions?
I am 30 and when I turned 17 I asked my mom what sex was and this was her response " You need to be 18 before you learn about sex or anything that goes with it" ....I had a baby before I was 18. I taught my oldest daughter when she started her cycle age 10. I continue to teach her and I am not shy about it either. I have 4 daughters and there is no way I will let them start there teens years wth out knowing about sex and STD's. I strongly encourage sex ed in schools. The more trusted people teens see talking about safe sex, STD protection or abstinince the more likley they are to listen. Show them pics of warts and disease... It is reality. If you dont want your penis to fall off then keep it out of stuff..... It is real life and truthfully some parents may not always have correct information about sex and diseases. When I taught my daughter I brought out the body atlas and all kinds of books. We had ourselves a regular old fashion , gonna get down to the nitty gritty, no holds bar sex ed class. But I am a nurse and not everybody is ... SO TEACH THEM YOUNGANS!!!!!!!
Last edit by txspadequeenRN on Oct 10, '05
Oct 10, '05
by Tweety, BSN
Timothy, I'm not advocating that schools change their policy about getting parental permission prior to teaching sex education. I'm saying reduce it biology and leave the spiritual out of it. Teach what it is, how reproduction works, what STDs are, and the consequences, and leave morality and religion for the churches and parents to teach.
I may be kidding myself, but I think sex can be taught as a health/science and not a religion.
Last edit by Tweety on Oct 10, '05