Well parents? Get to it. Start acting like parents
Sex education begins as soon as you are in school. You hear your
"education" from the other kids. Yeah, the ones that don't know a
darn thing about sex are telling your kids about sex. In the age of the
internet and sexual images abound, we had better consider the fact that
pandora's box is open. Let's get solid education about sex as soon as
Sex education should definitely be better. Abstinence-focused teachings are
spectaculary unsuccessful. But even where it's "comprehensive,"
sex education rarely covers interpersonal issues, like personal boundaries,
autonomy, and emotions. For older children: relationship ethics, what to look
for in a dating partner, and avoiding peer pressure. Many of these issues do
not involve an explicit discussion of sex, but instead, when to speak up for
yourself, how to keep paths of communications open with one's parents, how
to identify people who might take advantage of you, emotionally or otherwise,
and how not to be victimized.Non-sexualized education related to
sexual matters should definitely be part of grade school. Children are
conditioned to obey authority figures. They need to know when not to. While
child abuse doesn't reach anything like epidemic proportions, there's
still way too much of it, and education can be part of reducing it. Talking to
children about adult-type matters, even at an age-appropriate level, can seem
awkward, but failing to do so leaves too many children in the dark. And bad
things can happen in the dark.
If sex e d weren't taught formally, people would still figure it out.Is it too much to ask that schools demonstrate they can teach the basics
appropriately before being asked to teach a host of other things?