I. INTRODUCTION Sex Education has become vital in terms ofeducating us youth and it’s been an essential aid to our natural curiosity. Ashuman parents it is an obligation to teach, guide, and nurture your childrenthrough childhood and adolescence towards adulthood, providing them with theskill and knowledge to make safe life choices. But when is the right time forteachers and parents to starts sex education with children? Primarily, for me,sexual education should start at home. Parents and guardians should be theprimary instructors of sexual education to their children. Children learn abouttheir sexuality when their parents speak to them, change their clothes, playwith them or teach them about their body parts. As they progress from childrento teenagers they continue to learn about their sexualities consistently.
However, I am aware that some parents and guardians are very uncomfortable intalking about or providing information about sex or sexual education and thus,the school-based sexuality education take place. It complements and supplementsthe sexuality education children receive from their families, religious andcommunity groups. Education is not just about giving people the facts, it isalso about teaching skills to enable young people like us to use thatinformation effectively. Therefore, due to the necessity of school-basedsexuality education it is in my opinion that it should be a part of thecurriculum for the students in high school that is junior and senior high. Thiscourse should be taught in various high schools for various reasons. One wouldbe teenage pregnancy. The UN Populations says that the Philippines is the onlycountry in Asia Pacific region where the rate of teen pregnancies rose over thelast two decades. UNFPA country representative Klaus Beck said that Filipinogirls aged 15 to 19 make up 10% of the population of 100 million, and 1 out of10 of them have already given birth.
Another reason would be the awareness ofstudents about sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV/AIDS, HPV (HumanPapillomavirus), Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, Herpes, Trichomoniasis, etc.and preventing them from occurring and teaching us about abstinence, which isthe better way and to inform students about sexual orientation. Some saythat if teenagers are taught about sex or sexuality their interest in it wouldintensify resulting in experimentation. Although I agree that this might indeedbe a true statement that us teenagers are very curious and as what they say”curious minds will experiment.” Sexuality is not an either or a proposition.The reality is that us young people need and deserve information aboutabstinence and contraception.
Sex education would teach us that sexuality is anatural and normal part of life. Abstinence from sexual intercourse is thebetter way of preventing unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitteddiseases. Abstinence is in fact the most effective method. Adolescent orpre-teens should be encourage by not only their parents to delay sexual actsuntil they are physically, cognitively and emotionally ready for mature sexualrelationships and their consequence. Sex education would offer us a wide range ofinformation on abstinence until marriage. It is effective in encouraging usteenagers to postpone sexual intercourse and helps us develop interpersonalskills we need to resist premature sexual involvement. For interventions to beeffective, we need to be exposed to these kinds of programs before we initiateintercourse, preferably during our high school years.
If sex education will beimplemented in the high school system, it will promote knowledge about humandevelopment and reproduction, to make students aware of the consequences of alltypes of sexual activity and to promote young people’s respect for andappreciation of themselves, their families, and others. This implementationwould in fact help to reduce teenage pregnancy, for the reason that importanttopics such as puberty, sexual health and hygiene, reproductive systems,pregnancy and contraception would be focused on. These topics will discussabstinence, condom use, diversity, pregnancy options, safer sex and sexualbehavior. We students have to be encouraged to accept the shared responsibilityof pregnancy prevention by teachers explaining the consequences of prematureand unprotected sexual activity, urging responsible decisions about sexualintercourse, and encouraging healthy, respectful and safe female and malerelationships. II.
DEFINITION/HISTORY a. WHAT IS SEX EDUCATION? As what I have learned, sex education is a high quality teaching andlearning about a broad variety of topics related to sex and sexuality,exploring values and beliefs about those topics and gaining the skills that areneeded to guide relationships and manage one’s own sexual health. It is aprocess that begins at birth and continues until the day you die. Sexeducation is about young adult generations getting informed about everythingthey need to know in relation to sex. Among the most controversial issues inthe education system, sex education made it to the top of being the mostcontroversial topic of all times. Sex Ed classes are not just about sex, it ismore than that. It’s about informing students on sensitive issues such as sexualhealth, sexual reproduction, sexuality, sexually transmitted diseases, body developmentalong with skill building to help young people make the right choices and otherissues that most parents often do not want to address with children. b.
SHOULD SEX EDUCATION BE TAUGHT IN HIGHSCHOOLS? I have done some research and therehas been some arguments about whether or not sex education should be providedin schools. There are a number of arguments in favor of sex education and astrong number representation of the argument against it. This issue has longbeen debated and that some individuals insist and argue that sex education inschools will destroy the morality and the religious beliefs of students becausesuch class will teach the students about how sexual intercourse is done andthat will encourage students to want to try. According to Cheryl Gallant, thebattle between supporters and those against sex education is not an issue thatjust arise, such controversy has been going on for a long time. It is acontroversial issue and a topic of argument not just in one country but inseveral countries as well. Advantages of having sex education in high schoolsare knowledge of the topic, which teaches students the correct use and terms ofthe sexual reproductive system in a form of biology or home economic classes.
Preventivemeasures, get informed on sexually transmitted diseases and the different useof contraception such as birth control, condoms and others. Making rightdecisions, having knowledge of the issue students will make the right decisionon what to do and what not to do. Parent children communication, better open communicationcan be implemented with two parents and students, parents would no longer be embarrassedto talk to their children about the topic.
– In1913, Chicago became the first major city to implement sex education for highschools.- Duringthe late 1920’s schools begun to integrate sex education into their curriculumlike the military schools. III.CONCLUSION As I have gone through this research, as whatit was stated on this term paper, yes sex education would come off asinappropriate to be taught in schools for the reason that it might destroy thestudents’ morals and beliefs and that many students would want to engage insexual intercourse instead of avoiding it but for me having knowledge aboutthese sensitive issues would be helpful for us teenagers in terms of growinginto maturity. Therefore, I conclude that, sex education should be taught inhigh schools in order for young adults like us to be educated by the properterminologies and the consequences of sexually transmitted diseases andunwanted pregnancy.