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KieronGames
July 17th, 2011, 01:51 PM
I think the title explained it.

seeker
July 17th, 2011, 01:56 PM
Yes, because you could get pregnant and die.

Gold warehouse
July 17th, 2011, 01:57 PM
We could also die from all of the STDs out there. If you have sex 90% chance you will get one and this needs to be known.

FreakyLocz14
July 17th, 2011, 02:31 PM
Yes. What age it should be introduced is debateable, though. Parents should talk to their kids about sex whether or not the schools also do.

groteske
July 17th, 2011, 03:02 PM
The only thing I learned from sex ed was that genital warts look really, really gross, and the "mIrAcLe Of BiRtH" is freaking disgusting and includes involuntary defecation.

I learned everything from siblings and friends.

ETA: why is r-e-c-t-a-l censored? Jesus H Christ, not all of us are six years old.

wcdaily
July 17th, 2011, 03:42 PM
Yes. Do I need to explain?

Also kieron, I know how shiny the new thread button is, (I've been their, on my first forum.) but that dosn't mean you need to push it all the time to make threads that aren't really necessary.

Shining Raichu
July 17th, 2011, 04:03 PM
Parents should talk to their kids about sex whether or not the schools also do.

I actually disagree with this. I was never given the talk by my parents and I know everything I need to know. I think schools have it covered, and it's better learning about it in that environment than from a parent. I think the whole parental 'birds and bees' talk is just awkward and unnecessary.

Åzurε
July 17th, 2011, 05:41 PM
It's only as awkward as the 'rents make it. I've never had The Talk formally, and the nearest I can tell it's because they aren't worried about me having a sex life.

...Yeah, I heard myself typing just there.

They trust me to not do anything rash. They've given me advice and warnings when the topic came up, but it was never a "sit down, son" sort of thing. They way I was raised, sex isn't an obsession of mine. I WAS 14 with internet access once, but I've gotten past that.

Now, as for sexual education, I'm unsure. I rather think people shouldn't be concerned with sexuality until 16ish or older. While I think that information on sexuality needs to be given, state-funded standardized programs seem inappropriate, and I doubt that these programs are fulfilling their purpose. Quick poll (genuine curiosity)- what did Sex Ed. teach you that random friends or other people didn't?

Mirari
July 17th, 2011, 05:46 PM
Hahahha, groteske said everything. Here in Brazil we don't have exclusive classes for sexual education, but most times a biology teacher "explains" about it: they just show a bunch of STD pictures and tell us to be careful, to use condoms and etc. It's gross but it's so weird as talk to our parents about it, isn't it?

Just to add: in my opinion both should do their job: schools need to give classes and explain how diseases and conception happens, while parents should explain the consequence of unwanted pregnancy and things like this.

Owl
July 17th, 2011, 05:53 PM
Yes, because you could get pregnant and die.
lololol

Technically, even if we do have one, it only deters a small (or maybe very small?) amount of kids having sex before marriage, while other kids who want to do it, will do it. But, it's good to know some things isn't it? Maybe this is one of those things. Then again, it's pretty awkward learning about it.

Careful With That Axe, Pichu!
July 17th, 2011, 06:08 PM
I actually disagree with this. I was never given the talk by my parents and I know everything I need to know. I think schools have it covered, and it's better learning about it in that environment than from a parent. I think the whole parental 'birds and bees' talk is just awkward and unnecessary.

It may be awkward but not unnecessary. Parent's can't always rely on Sex Ed to inform their children properly about it. I say better from parents than from all of your horny teenage friends or from some condescending videos at school. :P

Hybrid Trainer
July 17th, 2011, 06:25 PM
Its kinda needed, i know its hard to believe but there are some people out there who don't know how to have sex.
It was on some tv program once about true medical stories. A couple came in saying they couldn't get pregnant, it turned out the guy was having sex with her bellybutton ¬.¬

Cherrim
July 17th, 2011, 06:46 PM
Honestly, I think it's necessary to learn the facts about sex in school. As in, "this is how your bodies are going to change come puberty", "this is how sex literally works--put that in there", and safe-sex practices. But it should be up to parents to teach their own values regarding sex. :/ If they're Christian and believe God wants everyone to save themselves for marriage, they can teach that. If all they want their child to know is not to run around having orgies until they've graduated high school, whatever.

I believe sex & things physically related to it (consequences of unprotected sex, etc.) is science and health-related, meaning the general population should be required to know the basics from an approved curriculum.

Dixie Kong
July 17th, 2011, 08:17 PM
My school was kinda vague about sex ed from what I remember. I didn't know how it actually worked til I was in 10th grade. That's pretty sad. And I didn't even know what the other sex went through during puberty. I feel like it's important to know both sides of what's going on. But anyway yes, I do think sex ed is necessary in schools. That in mind, I agree with what Lightning said about it, and lol, I don't feel the need to have to reword it.

Masqueraine
July 17th, 2011, 08:27 PM
I actually disagree with this. I was never given the talk by my parents and I know everything I need to know. I think schools have it covered, and it's better learning about it in that environment than from a parent. I think the whole parental 'birds and bees' talk is just awkward and unnecessary.

funnily enough it was probably made curriculum because of the fact that some people are like you, and find it awkward to talk with their children about mature things. I think it's good to have a relationship where talking about those things isn't something incredibly awkward. I know it wasn't when my mom did, it was actually pretty funny with it being us two :p and yet the point still got across

phonastik
July 18th, 2011, 01:50 AM
My school started sex ed in 5th grade. I knew most things before that, though, because my dad is a doctor who treats STDs. I had many an awkward experience when he was making his slideshows.

Jubilation
July 18th, 2011, 02:58 AM
Considering I'm sixteen and still haven't been thought about contraception, probably.

But that might just be my heavy Christian school which forbids contraception, 'cause teenage mothers is obviously better.

Shining Raichu
July 18th, 2011, 03:48 AM
It may be awkward but not unnecessary. Parent's can't always rely on Sex Ed to inform their children properly about it. I say better from parents than from all of your horny teenage friends or from some condescending videos at school. :P

I think Sex Ed is way better, actually. This way, everyone is told at the same time and everybody gets the same information. I'd really rather not be acknowledged as a sexual being by my parents, just as I'd rather not acknowledge them as sexual beings.

Zeffy
July 18th, 2011, 04:16 AM
Unless your parents introduced you to sex via hardcore porn, its not really necessary to have because your parents are there.

But if your parents say that babies come from those flying birds with large beaks, you probably need it.

Ink Heart
July 18th, 2011, 04:51 AM
Well, I'm 13, and our Mapeh topic is Human Sexuality, which indirectly means sex. ed... So, yeah. It may be really embarrassing to talk about, and definitely either laugh, or facepalm at "certain" images the teacher shows in videos...

True Experience. xD Still, it's worth it.. Even though it's highly... Not one of my favorite subjects, lol. xD Plus, we need sex. ed to be prepared! 8D And to be aware of the diseases like Syphilis.. HIV.. and such others. :D

JimJams
July 18th, 2011, 05:56 AM
Well, yeah. We don't want teenage parents and STD's all over the place.
It's also important to let teenagers know that it's absolutely okay to explore your sexuality, but it needs to be done with caution.

Yuoaman
July 18th, 2011, 09:24 AM
Yes, because I highly doubt everyone's parents have the educational background to teach their children that properly.

Kiyoshi the Polar Bear
July 18th, 2011, 09:39 AM
Yes, we need Sex Ed.

Just ask Dr. Ruth.

Some parents would be too awkward to talk to their kids about it, and no one is telling them all the ways you could get STDs outside of their parent's knowledge. And some parents are misinformed about STD contracting, too.

For goodness sake people, black and gay people don't have STDs up the ying-yang.

So yes, it's beneficial for everyone. Education sheds light and answers questions.

Not to say that there won't be some teenagers who will disregard all they're taught and go out and have babies at fifteen and aids by twenty. Those meddling kids!

Esper
July 18th, 2011, 09:52 AM
Jumping on the YES bandwagon.
I believe sex & things physically related to it (consequences of unprotected sex, etc.) is science and health-related, meaning the general population should be required to know the basics from an approved curriculum.
This is a very important point. It's not just your own health, but the health of other people. If you're not aware of what STIs are you might not even know you have one and could infect someone else, even in a non-sexual manner depending on what it is and how not-careful you're being.

FreakyLocz14
July 18th, 2011, 12:19 PM
I actually disagree with this. I was never given the talk by my parents and I know everything I need to know. I think schools have it covered, and it's better learning about it in that environment than from a parent. I think the whole parental 'birds and bees' talk is just awkward and unnecessary.

I just don't think it's wise for parents to rely on the schools to raise their kids for them. They can educate them about reproduction and STD prevention, but a parents should be there for advice when they get their first boyfriend/girlfriend and become sexually active.

Captain Fabio
July 18th, 2011, 12:23 PM
Personally, I think sexual education is needed to inform young teenagers about the facts of a sexual encounter; the other stuff can be found out by the individuals.
The world is so sex orientated that it is so easy to find it out.

Gold warehouse
July 18th, 2011, 12:25 PM
I just don't think it's wise for parents to rely on the schools to raise their kids for them. They can educate them about reproduction and STD prevention, but a parents should be there for advice when they get their first boyfriend/girlfriend and become sexually active.
Ideally parents should educate their children properly. The only problem is a lot of them won't. I know my parents would never discuss sex with me, regardless of whether the school teaches sex ed or not.
The world is so sex orientated that it is so easy to find it out.
Thank goodness for the internet!

Livewire
July 18th, 2011, 04:07 PM
Personally, I think sexual education is needed to inform young teenagers about the facts of a sexual encounter; the other stuff can be found out by the individuals.
The world is so sex orientated that it is so easy to find it out.

I agree. Not every parent will teach their children what they need to know, so sex education is needed somewhere down the line, because the notion of sex depicted in the media isn't always how things work, haha.

Sansa Stark
July 18th, 2011, 05:44 PM
Personally, I think sexual education is necessary. However, the way they're going about it these days are stupid. For example, in my high school, we had abstinence classes which just said, "don't have sex until you get married"; they were basically promoting hetero-normality. It was absurdly awkward for me.

Sexual education should be concise and accurate and taught at a young age. The problem is that people act like it's this huge thing and incredibly ~*taboo*~ while in reality it's perfectly natural.

Condoms should be made readily available, and visuals [videos/photographs/testimonies/etc.] should be used not as something that to scare people away from having sex, but more to educate them on the consequences of unsafe sex / etc. A curriculum should not only incorporate heterosexuality, but also homosexuality and whatnot to appeal to the most people.

KieronGames
July 20th, 2011, 07:25 AM
Yes. Do I need to explain?

Also kieron, I know how shiny the new thread button is, (I've been their, on my first forum.) but that dosn't mean you need to push it all the time to make threads that aren't really necessary.

Neither does it mean you can be arrogant.

-ty-
July 20th, 2011, 07:45 AM
Yes, we need to have sexual education. I knew so many kids who asked me questions like "can you get pregnant sitting on a toilet seat?" and "you can't get STD's from oral sex right? and the worst "hey if I am on birth control, then he doesn't need a condom, right?"
Kids generally know what sex is, and somewhat what STD's are, but without a formal course, many of these discrepancies are not addressed, and therefore lead to more pregnant teens and more teens with STD's. It's funny that our class only dealt with heterosexual sex education though. Gallup polls showed that about 20% of americans are gay or lesbian. So that means without samesex education, 1 in 5 students are not getting any sexual education.

Mr. X
July 20th, 2011, 08:08 AM
But you are fogetting that some aspects of hetrosexual sexual education are the same as those that would be in a decicated same sex sexual education course. (If there was one)

-ty-
July 20th, 2011, 08:59 AM
Some, but not the important things. My class, for example, did not cover anal sex because it is a "taboo". Gay teens are advised to seek more information about sexual health, that is not equitable.

Gothitelle.
July 20th, 2011, 09:03 AM
I do think that's it's necessary, for kids to learn the dangers of not being careful about these kinds of things. Around middle school age, kids tend to think that having sex is "keweel" and yeah you know, so around that age that's when the education should come in.

-ty-
July 20th, 2011, 09:12 AM
I do think that's it's necessary, for kids to learn the dangers of not being careful about these kinds of things. Around middle school age, kids tend to think that having sex is "keweel" and yeah you know, so around that age that's when the education should come in.

I agree that middle school student need to start learning about the dangers of unprotected sex! So many kids in the local middle school where I live have become pregnant, and that doesn't even include the number of children with STD's. Your right about the immaturity of middle schoolers. There immaturity matched with the instinctive desire to have sex, which starts with puberty, can be a very hazardous situation.

Esper
July 20th, 2011, 02:10 PM
Middle school is probably a good place to introduce the topic of sexuality, but some aspects of biology should be brought up in grade school. Just the "this is your body changing" kind of stuff so that no one freaks out (too much) when they get their first period and don't know what to do about it (because they have parents who can't help them or whatever the reason).