If there’s one thing we should be encouraging is the conversation around sexual education, particularly with children. While myself and many others agree that with the changing society we live we need to have a solid education plan set in place (specifically in schools, parents should implicate what they want on their own), the government (particularly where I live) does not.
The province of Ontario in Canada just passed a law that has reverted its sex ed curriculum to their program from 1998. That’s right, they believe a twenty-year-old education plan is sufficient enough to educate the children of 2018, which means they are relying on parents to do the rest of the work to educate their kids.
I am a firm believer that schools of all levels should be educating today’s youth on important things that are detrimental to their development. They aren’t necessarily exposing children to subjects that are deemed as too mature depending on their age.
Teachers have the knowledge it takes to correctly educate children with the correct information. Sadly (at least in the case for parents who were taught sex ed themselves in 1998 and beforehand) didn’t learn half as much as they should know now and their information they may be passing on could be incorrect or distorted versions of the truth.
Discussions of things such as same-sex marriages or relationships and sexual orientation can be easily had conversations with kids because there’s such an emphasis in public and on all forms of media. But everything else may not be covered at home.
Think about that little girl whose 11 years old and has been using toilet paper for months. She won’t mention it to her friends because she’s unsure if it’s normal. She lives at home with a single father and is embarrassed to ask him for help because she doesn’t think he’ll know or understand. This is an issue that hundreds of girls face because they don’t even get taught what a period is at school!
Think about when you had sex ed at school. Were you taught about periods, the parts of the body, safe sex/birth control methods, the potential of STI’s (depending on age), sexual orientation or identification, puberty, consent, safe social media or changes your body goes through? Because you likely only got taught two of the list I just sent you. And that means your mission a lot of other valuable lessons you should know when entering adulthood.
Also, how many people actually had the sex talk with their parents? I can assure you most women have a slight lesson but only when they get their period and they are learning how to use a pad. That’s the extent of that conversation and it’s unreliable to depend specifically on parents to educate their kids because it more than likely won’t get done.
Sex is not something your body does, it’s something that will affect you emotionally, especially if you are unaware of what’s going on with your body.
As kids, we shouldn’t have to google things because we are too embarrassed to ask our parents or google them because our parents didn’t quite know how to answer our questions. The school system should be introducing these things to avoid misguided knowledge entering impressionable minds. How are we going to raise responsible and educated adults if they never learn how to be aware of these topics/potential issues?
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