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Do you think we need better sex education in the US?
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The district here starts to teach sex ed in the fifth grade.
by the time I was in 8th we had a pretty good grasp on the whole thing.
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Better sex education wouldn't be too bad, I've had it (every year?) since 7th-8th grade and it seems to do its job well, even though I know everything.
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Edit:
Also what do you mean by fear tactics?


By fear tactics, I mean showing worse case scenario situations (usually with STDs) and say "this will totally happen to you if you have sex" while skimming over how STDs work or how to treat them in order to promote abstinence. Don't get me wrong; these things do happen to people and I have nothing against abstinence, but it's not completely realistic (really, they need to be more concerned about pregnancy and unprotected sex, if anything because that's FAR more likely). People will have sex and you never really know when (some do it at an early age, some wait a while; it depends on the person) so instead of preventing it, they need to control it and teach people to have protected sex.

You can't scare people out of having sex; you have to educate them and make them responsible for their actions rather than trying to make them fear the act or worse: provoking them into thinking they can overcome the odds.
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I live in a southern state that is aggressively trying to become a Christian theocracy. There are some DUMB human beings here who breed, and I can only think that a good part of why we're as bass-ackwards as we are is that they didn't end up in the tip of a condom where they belonged. The neighboring county is one of (well, several now) where the county clerk's office walked off the job in the wake of the gay marriage ruling.

So yeah, I think sex ed is important and I think that abstinence only education is idiotic, I ended up having about 5-10% of my graduating class drop out over teen pregnancy.
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Do you think we need better sex ed in the US?


Yup!
We need to teach kids very early about their privacy. When someone touches your junk you should scream loudly and tell someone about it... even if you are two or three or six years old, regardless of someone telling you to "keep quiet."
If you are very young and no one has told you that people aren't supposed to touch or play with your penis or vagina and some adult has molested you, you might not know that you were molested. This ignorance is proliferated because people are too embarrassed to a basic talk with their kids. I would be curious to see any statistics on how many kids are unknowingly molested until they grow up enough to finally understand what happened/is happening to them.
People in this country are still embarrassed by their own sex and sexuality and there are most of the problems we have with it.

Most of the people I know never got any sex education until they were in 7th grade and they never discussed any of the feelings/emotions that went along with it. The chapter on human sex was not very long. Most people found things out through rumor and myth, it was pretty sad, all because We have a parochial, backwards way of discussing and understanding sex and sexuality.
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Yes. We need much better sex ed. A ton of people are so uneducated on so many aspects of sex. And im not just talking about my Catholic schools "Abstinence" policy of sex ed. Im talking every school should do this.

Also gives me a chance to bring up my favorite episode of South Park.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzNOU3dfAoc
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School systems here have extensive sex education so I don't think more is necessary.
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The United States needs a better education system, overall. The amount of censorship going on in public education is ridiculous.

I learned more about American history through foreigners than I have in my own country, such as America almost going to war with Canada during World War II simply based on their threatening airplanes (fighter jets, I don't know) or how even African American men in the United States also owned slaves back in those times. Don't even get me started with the Cold War!

Sex education is an absolute must, and should be taught well before a kid enters middle school. I believe I was taught about it during my 9th grade year, honestly. Although my parents briefly gave me general idea of what sex was all about well before high school.

By that, I mean that my dad simply took me to the nearest Walmart and told me that this is where I'll be working if I get a girl pregnant before the age of 26.

26, I assume, is when he believes I'll be out of college and into a career.

I wouldn't want a kid until I was around 30, anyway.
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America with sex be like

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'Shrugs' ~ as long as you make it like an occasional seminar thing and not make it a scheduled class that takes valuable time away from other subjects.

I've never been one to think that school should teach "life skills." You can get that from home. The school system isn't your father or mother. I realize that not everyone has the best parents, but to me it never made sense to work from the exceptions when establishing the rule. That's why I suggest a seminar - kind of like what they currently do with drugs and alcohol. That's how my school did it and I turned out just fine, as did most others.

But that's just my opinion.
Posted 7/20/15

GrateSaiyaman wrote:


anzn wrote:

Do you think we need better sex ed in the US?


Yup!
We need to teach kids very early about their privacy. When someone touches your junk you should scream loudly and tell someone about it... even if you are two or three or six years old, regardless of someone telling you to "keep quiet."
If you are very young and no one has told you that people aren't supposed to touch or play with your penis or vagina and some adult has molested you, you might not know that you were molested. This ignorance is proliferated because people are too embarrassed to a basic talk with their kids. I would be curious to see any statistics on how many kids are unknowingly molested until they grow up enough to finally understand what happened/is happening to them.
People in this country are still embarrassed by their own sex and sexuality and there are most of the problems we have with it.

Most of the people I know never got any sex education until they were in 7th grade and they never discussed any of the feelings/emotions that went along with it. The chapter on human sex was not very long. Most people found things out through rumor and myth, it was pretty sad, all because We have a parochial, backwards way of discussing and understanding sex and sexuality.

Yeah...stuff like that is one of the main reasons why I feel sex ed should be a necessity that also shouldnt require a parents approval of it either.
Its mainly because of how we demonize sex and won't teach kids about it. And most of the people I knew never even had it (they had to teach themselves via internet or parents).
Posted 7/20/15

Nightblade370 wrote:



Edit:
Also what do you mean by fear tactics?


By fear tactics, I mean showing worse case scenario situations (usually with STDs) and say "this will totally happen to you if you have sex" while skimming over how STDs work or how to treat them in order to promote abstinence. Don't get me wrong; these things do happen to people and I have nothing against abstinence, but it's not completely realistic (really, they need to be more concerned about pregnancy and unprotected sex, if anything because that's FAR more likely). People will have sex and you never really know when (some do it at an early age, some wait a while; it depends on the person) so instead of preventing it, they need to control it and teach people to have protected sex.

You can't scare people out of having sex; you have to educate them and make them responsible for their actions rather than trying to make them fear the act or worse: provoking them into thinking they can overcome the odds.

Oh I see what you mean.
Yeah I feel like that's not really a good way to go about it. We don't want people to fear it, just understand it and realize its normal.
But also you know, tell them how to have safesex as well.
I feel mentioning those would be a reason for people to more careful & mindful of it.
Like, it feels like I never hear of how to exactly prevent STDs besides not having sex with people with STDs. I guess that would be seen as a sort of fear tactic lol
To prevent that, you just gotta wash yourself & have decent hygeine especially if ur sexually active, like I said earlier to a person asking about it on this thread .
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