Who should educate us about sex? Parents or teachers?

Planned Parenthood, a non-profit organization providing reproductive health and maternal and child health services, explores how sex education should be implemented in schools and at home. As Planned Parenthood (PP) describes sex education as exciting, valuable, necessary and complex (“Implementing Sex Education”). While educators often feel anxious and pressured when conveying taboo information to students, it is important for them to advocate for comprehensive, medically accurate sexuality education (“Implementing Sex Education”).

While most people believe that parents and guardians should be the primary source for sexuality education for their children, some educators feel the need to fill in the gaps of information that parents do not provide. This is the case because students should receive age-appropriate sexual health information (“Implementing Sex Education”). Sex ed is a critical knowledge set because sexuality plays an integral role in one’s identity. Children receive messages about sexuality from many other sources other than parents and some of these sources have positive and negative impacts (“Implementing Sex Education”). As a result, it is important for educational professionals, parents and organizations to filter this information for students and provide them with the necessary knowledge they need to know to familiarize themselves with their body and sexuality, in order to be safe.

In addition, there are many community based organizations that can supplement what students learn at school and at home. One non-profit, Advocates for Youth, helps young people “make responsible and choices about their reproductive and sexual health” (“Implementing Sex Education”). Organizations such as these are beneficial resources for those who do not have sufficient knowledge of their sexuality outside of their own exposure to media and the information they gather from peers. On the whole, according to a National Public Radio poll, 93% of parents found that sexuality education in schools is helpful or somewhat helpful (“Sex Education”). This proves that some aspect of sex ed exposure opens their child’s eyes to making new, informed, safe decisions.

 

 

Works Cited:

“Implementing Sex Education.” Sexual & Reproductive Health. Web. 24 Mar. 2012.

“Sex Education in America: General Public/Parents Survey.” National Public Radio, 2011. Web. 18 Mar. 2012.

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