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Sex Education Doesn’t Satisfy

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007 at 09:56 by Rhys Wilcox

A recent survey by the Family Planning Association has concluded that children are not getting a decent enough sex education.  Of those people questioned, just over a third stated that their school education had not been good enough with a fifth claiming that they did not get any at all.

I’m not sure if that was the actual sex or the education, though.

The current system set by the Government allows teachers to decide what level of sex education is taught at secondary level but it is still a requirement to give it. The conundrum that schools face is that parents have an option to keep their children out of those lessons. To combat that, most sex ed is included within the biology curriculum, set at a more scientific level, meaning the pupils cannot opt out.

However, from the results of the survey it might seem that a few people weren’t paying much attention in class. You have to worry when you read someone’s answer says that going for a pee after sex can prevent a pregnancy. I can only hope it was an answer given by a girl.

Other preventative measures suggested included exercise straight after sex and the woman giving herself a thorough cleaning out. When I was at school, the rumoured douche of preference was Coke and I don’t understand why they never used that angle in their advertising campaigns…

Anyway, the obvious solution to the problem is for schools to take sex ed to a more indepth level but, perhaps more importantly, for parents to step up and take more responsibility. Another survey of 13 to 16 year olds indicated that a quarter of them were sexually active with about half of those not always using contraception.

The problems I see for schools are that there is a percentage of children who just won’t listen regardless of if the sound advice is coming from parents of teachers. In certain cases, especially if. Then there is the increasing difficulties teachers have in their classrooms anyway; having to be delicate and cautious in the way they address their students for fear of reprisals. Which is why this is probably a better subject to be discussed in greater depth in the home.

The current teaching strategies to engage pupils in lesson time is to call upon their different levels of experience in the subject, which sounds like a horrendous notion if assigned to sex ed. What middle-aged teacher is going to want to know that their spotty 15-year-olds are getting more than they are? Worst yet is imagining said teen educating said tutor in the ways of the Dirty Sanchez or Rear Admiral.

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8 Comments on “Sex Education Doesn’t Satisfy”

  1. DannyMackay Says:

    The dirty sanchez?

  2. Simon Kimber Says:

    Not something we particularly want to describe on this site! Google has the answer if curiosity gets the better of you.

  3. Rhys Wilcox Says:

    See? The failing standards of modern-day sex ed. It just doesn’t teach us the things we need to know.

  4. DannyMackay Says:

    Alas my education was quite some time ago - I’m sure modern sex education is more detailed.

  5. Sharon Says:

    The main problem here seems to be that Sex Education has a large moral content - which gets, largely, ignored. Particularly in these ‘value free’ days.

    So it’s just biology, & Google for further details. Tell ‘em how, but not why, or why not.

  6. DannyMackay Says:

    good news today though - our kids are apparently the coolest in the OECD - they drink more, fight more and have more sex than kids in other countries.

    oh happy days…

  7. Rhys Wilcox Says:

    I don’t think the moral issues are ignored, as such, but it must be such a dangerous subject for teachers to dare to broach without ending up in court for one reason or another.

  8. DannyMackay Says:

    No teacher has ever ended up in court for teaching sex ed.
    In fact in the last year no teacher has been sued for anything relating to education.

    But teachers like everyone are fearful of the compensation culture that doesn’t really exist.

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