In Bangkok, Thailand, high school seniors are required to take a multiple-choice test to place them in given university (Bunluesilp). This test was essentially asking them which of the following was a better option to choose when they have a sexual urge.
A- Call your friends and go play soccer
B- Talk to your family
C- Try to sleep
D- Go out with a friend of the opposite sex
E- Invite a close friend to see a movie
This seems like a no-brainer to many, as we would choose the most realistic answer, D – go on a date. However, most students were unsure how to respond and the general consensus of students was to choose answer B – talk to your family (Bunluesilp).
Surprisingly enough, the answers were revealed and Thai youth were actually encouraged to deal with sexual urges by playing soccer. In other words, this answer clarified that “Thai officials have a total lack of understanding about the lives of teenagers and the importance of sensible sex education” (Bunluesilp). Meanwhile, pregnancy continues to be a huge issue in Thailand and many students claim their school did not teach them nearly enough about sex education.
From these articles, I see an ongoing trend, reflecting the lack of sexual knowledge of both students and teachers. Neither of them know enough to teach or make responsible sexual decisions, especially in Thailand where there is a bizarre correlation between sexual urges and soccer.
Does anyone else think this is bizarre?
Bunluesilp, Ploy. “Soccer or Sex? Thai Teens Ponder Puzzling Choice.” World News. NBC, 19 Apr. 2012. Web. 20 Apr. 2012.