Are schools effective at teaching sex ed? | The Tylt
Few things make people as uncomfortable as sex education. You remember it, right? Did you enjoy it, or did you sit in the back of your class giggling each time your teacher said the word “prostate”? Actually, since we’re on the subject, what do you even remember about sex ed in school? Did you think your school did a good job explaining it, or is the education system a bit flaccid (teehee) on the subject? Does sex education need to be improved?
Are schools effective at teaching sex ed?
There’s that famous scene in “Mean Girls” with the gym teacher “educating” students on sex. It’s used for comedic effect, sure, but it’s also not that far off from how sex is actually taught in schools. When it comes to the birds and the bees, some feel schools are severely lacking in proper class materials that effectively teach kids about all parts of sex—what it is, what can come of it, and how to go about it. Usually it’s bananas and condoms and that’s that.
Granted, this is not to say that it’s the school’s full responsibility to teach kids about sex—that should mostly fall to parents/guardians. However, this doesn’t mean health professionals who know a lot about the subject should be silent. Health professionals and educators play an important role in discussing sex ed with students who may feel uncomfortable asking certain questions to other adults.
Schools should only be teaching the basics of sex. Outside of that, it is up to the guardian's individual’s discretion. Parents, guardians, and trusted adult figures should take the time to explain to the sexually-inexperienced what sex is all about. Some things you can’t learn from the system.
Sex is also different for each person. A close, wiser person who knows said nascent-sexually active person should be giving them the advice. Leave the condoms to things that aren’t bananas.