Responsibility of School Teachers?
I have noticed that far too many young children are getting wrong ideas about sexual reproduction from social networks and their school friends. By the time the Biology teacher gets round to teaching these things they have already become experts on the "birds and the bees" and it is too late by then to "teach" them anything. Do you think that parents must intervene by making sure that their children are educated about sexual matters long before the topic is brought up in their schools or should the education system update itself and think about ways of teaching sex more effectively?
I think sex education is primarily the responsibility of parents. The schools must also deal with this kind of education and the sooner it is introduced in schools the better. I teach English in a private all-girls school in Thailand, and in our school sex education begins in the fourth grade.
I have always felt that safe sex should be talked about liberally in America and not just in schools. Too many parents are naive and feel that their children are innocent and sexually inactive. There is something fundamentally wrong if a child is not exposed to this material until they hear about it in school. I would like to see a day when sexual discourse is as prevalent as it is in European countries such as The Netherlands. I doubt that America will ever get there. Such is why we have the highest teen STD and pregnancy rates in the developed world.
Sex education in most countries is a contentious issue. I have taught in many primary schools and parents had the final say in whether their child attended these classes. From a teacher's point of view, I think parents should be the major players in discussing and teaching their children about safe sex. Children are bombarded daily with sexual messages from different forms of media and desperately need clarification from a partent or significant other, at that point in time.
Now the next question we should ask is - when will parents undergo sex education to successfully pass relevant information onto their children? Just because we have sex doesn't mean we can successfully impart that knowledge to children.
I feel its more a duty of the media . Because children these days are more influenced by media than by teachers or parents.
If the media is liberally exposing the fun about sex , it must also expose the consequences of bad sex .
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