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What changes would you make to public sex education?

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What changes would you make, if any, to our current sexual education system?
 

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Right now students are taught in the 6th grade - which put my oldest at age 11, which seems acceptable.

Right now they treat it as a quick-simply one-time life lesson that might last a week or two. It should be longer and less of a dramatic big deal. It's a fact of life and should be treated as a fact of life - there you go, Facts.

Then, promptly after, have an equal amount of time to see the 'effects of "what can happen every time you have sex" (since they have to go with the abstinence thing). Which means: taking them to a daycare or the nursery at a hospital - giving them duties so they don't just associate babies with 'awe, how cute' through a glass. . . or maybe a "mommy and me" playtime at which the students assist with the unpleasantness - the fits, the diaper changing.
This would be a good way to introduce a "life-class" which teaches the basics on how to balance a budget, write a resume, work a job . . . and so on.

Students must be shown that actions have consequences - and these consequences last a lifetime - and life is hard.
 
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^^^ What if you didn't have work within the framework of abstinence only sex ed?
 

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Personally, I think the short course is ok. Parents need to be involved more in sex education. Schools emphasis should be more on the biology of the human body. This is more of an older school approuch. Parents need to teach their children the rights and wrongs of the world. That having sex can be wonderful, but can carry risk. Of course my kid is grown up and left the house years ago. I am thinking more how I was taught and what we did regarding our daughter.
 

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What changes would you make, if any, to our current sexual education system?
By our, you mean the one in the US? This type of question generally confuses me, because I dont know if the asker is referring to country of citizenship or the world.

I think matter of fact information about sex biology, contraceptives, abortion, STDs... should be available in all countries. An effort was made to suggest it a few years ago, by I forget who, but there was uproar from people in some countries, mainly because this type of education clashes with certain cultures and religions, which believe there is no need for kids to know anything about sex, until they get married.
 

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^^^ What if you didn't have work within the framework of abstinence only sex ed?
Spiker's ideas don't have to be abstinence only. A comprehensive approach to sex-ed has been proven over and over to delay sexual activity and reduce teen pregnancy and disease rates. A stronger idea of the possible consequences of sex would help that. But yes, you still have to teach them to use condoms if you want the best possible results. The religious abstinence-only types tend to say that such things encourage sexual activity, but the reality is that it has the opposite effect.
 

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Hmm - per the "abstinence only" view - I don't think the schools should advocate one thing or another. I think they should present facts and provide answers. I think they should avoid counseling and suggesting "use a condom, don't have sex at all" and so forth. They should give the facts, explain life, give the different types of BC - leave the morality issues up to the parents to address.
 

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Hmm - per the "abstinence only" view - I don't think the schools should advocate one thing or another. I think they should present facts and provide answers. I think they should avoid counseling and suggesting "use a condom, don't have sex at all" and so forth. They should give the facts, explain life, give the different types of BC - leave the morality issues up to the parents to address.
I agree with you 100%, but there are those who think that you have to condemn sex and make sure to tell everyone that choosing to be gay will kill you.

I like the just-the-facts straightforward approach and actually spending time answering questions that students might actually have.
 

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I would have them discourage sex instead of encouraging it. I would want them to teach abstinence and educate kids on STD's, emotional problems, and other consequences related to teen sex. They shouldn't encourage sexual behavior or teach kids how to have sex or tell them to "explore" their sexual fantasies.
 

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It should be done in only certain age and with certain limits.




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What changes would you make, if any, to our current sexual education system?
I guess it's drastically different across the country, but I think the sex-ed I received in Pennsylvania was close to perfect. The class lasted 1/4 of the school year and covered all kinds of information about STDs, birth control, parenting costs, consequences of pregnancy, biology of sex and reproduction, etc. It was extremely informative, though we didn't have the class until freshman year of high school (we had minimal education about biological reproduction starting in 6th grade, but it wasn't in-depth enough and didn't address issues like pregnancy, birth control, protected sex, etc.) Also, they certainly included the fact that abstinence is the only way to absolutely guarantee no unwanted pregnancy or STDs, but in reality society doesn't really support that ideal.

The change I would like to see made, besides receiving the education earlier, would include education on sexual orientation, gender identity, etc. to counteract all of the ignorance and confusion that seems to influence many people in this country in those topics.
 
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I would like to see students be able to go in and get free, safe birthcontrol with no questions asked.
 

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I would like to see students be able to go in and get free, safe birthcontrol with no questions asked.
The idea sounds smart. But no birth control is 100% safe or effective.

Aside that, though, there is planned-parenthood which provides free condoms and low-cost appointments and BC.
 

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I would like to see students be able to go in and get free, safe birthcontrol with no questions asked.
I almost agree, except that not all teens know if they may have or have a genetic chance of having a certain disease/disorder that could be bad to take birth control with, while their parents might. No questions asked when it comes to hormone based contraceptives isn't always a good thing.
 

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I would have liked to see sex ed as more of a "hands-on" class.
 

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What changes would you make, if any, to our current sexual education system?
I would include a comprehensive course on all the sex laws we have in our country, and why we have them and what they mean.
 

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NO!
Hands on is only for dissection and experimentation in the lab.
It is not for human-related issues.

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