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Comment of the Week: The Sex Ed Teacher Blues

Wed, Dec 2, 2009

Comment of the Week, Confessions

sex_ed_books_figleafphoto by our “wise guy” Figleaf

I have the privilege of teaching sex ed to my sixth graders.¬† However, there are so many limitations to what I can tell my kids.¬† It can be SO frustrating.¬† I am deeply spiritual and a devout Christian but I have no intention of forcing my beliefs on my kids.¬† I simply want them to know more than what the textbook includes like¬† self-pleasure and how men’s needs differ from women’s needs.¬† If I had had someone who was willing to be very open and frank about human sexuality when I was in junior high and high school, I don’t think I would have ended up pregnant as a teenager.¬† After growing up with so many misconceptions about sex I am very thankful for having a man in my life that has helped me to be relaxed and open to some wonderful possibilities sexually.¬† I remember getting so much misinformation about sex from friends, media, and my parents.¬† I would gladly welcome the parents of my students to sit in on a discussion about the sexual side of being human with my students.¬† They may have more questions than my students invariably do.

Brad’s Angel, commenting on the post “All I Really Needed to Know I Learned from Porn”

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4 Responses to “Comment of the Week: The Sex Ed Teacher Blues”

  1. Dannie Says:

    Amen.

  2. Spes Says:

    I’ll second that ‘Amen’.

  3. Meg Says:

    I am kind of glad that I grew up in Canada and had at least non-religious influenced sex education. I mean, it wasn’t exactly adequate, but I am so so glad I never had to experience abstinence education.

  4. Elizabeth Says:

    I really hope this whole abstinence education thing goes away soon. I grew up in a school district that was abstinence-only, but thankfully I had parents willing to go over more than that with me. Granted, it was only about birth control, rather than many of the other areas of sex I feel it may have been helpful to know (like, that women CAN have higher sex drives than a man. I felt like a freak for years until I found you guys.)

    Anyways – I didn’t end up having sex young, and I’ve never participated in risky sexual behavior. Because I was AWARE. Seriously, study after study after study shows that better educated kids make better choices. What is wrong with lawmakers and school boards?!


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