Introduction

Throughout the process of growing, learning, and developing as human beings, the younger generations that are growing up in a continually changing world find continuous decisions to make based upon their sexuality.  For children this is less of an issue as they know little to nothing about the changes their bodies are going through as of yet. But for adolescents ranging from late grade school to middle school all the way to early adulthood, the matter of their sexuality becomes more and more persistent as their bodies continue to develop. Typically around middle school children will begin to notice that they are changing in many ways, from the tone of their voice to the feelings that begin to emerge when they look at other children. Many children do not fully understand these feelings, and others have no parent or guardian who is willing to guide them through these changes. Being able to help children through this tumultuous time in their lives is vitally important as it concerns how they will view themselves and others in the years to come.  Without guidance, many children will seek to experiment in ways that could lead to serious harm.

What is Sex Education?

Sex education is the gathered information that concerns bodily development, sexual intercourse, the sexuality of both men and women, how relationships function, and the social skills that students can use to stay informed and educated about their sexual health.  This course is important for many grade levels and as a means of keeping young students safe and well aware of the changes that can and do happen in their lives it is vital that it be part of any balanced curriculum.  The information within such classes needs to be well-balanced and sensitive to different cultures, ethnicities, and of course to gender.

A useful sex education course will speak on subjects such as puberty, reproduction, abstinence, contraception and condoms, relationships, the prevention of sexual violence, gender identity and sexual orientation, and of course on body image and self-esteem. Each subtopic should be given an adequate amount of time in order to students to better understand the gist of the course and what is acceptable within an ordered society and what is not.  A proper accounting of this class should be able to inform students of the hazards and pitfalls that could occur if they choose to ignore said information.

While the subject matter should usually lean towards a more informative and positive direction, it is also important to at least highlight the hazards that are possible to experience if one becomes sexually active without protection of any kind.  Subjects such as teen pregnancy, STD’s, and especially the transmission of AIDS should be topics that are discussed.  The idea of sex education is not to scare young people away from having sexual relations, but to allow them to be better informed as to what could happen.  This course should by all means treat the development of young people as a normal and very natural part of human development.

Why Sex Education is Important

It’s very typical for adults and children to feel awkward and unresponsive when talking about content of a sexual nature with one another. Unfortunately such an attitude can often lead to children fumbling around blindly when it comes to figuring out their own sexual nature.  Without any guidelines or formal education on the matter, sex can become an act that is interpreted differently by each child. It is a known fact that sexual content is present in nearly every facet of life that children watch, hear, and absorb in the modern era. This is why sex education is important, to sort through what is socially acceptable and what is best to avoid.

With proper sex education courses a child can become better aware of their own sexuality and how it can affect others.  They will learn the ins and outs of their own anatomy, the psychological effect that sexual contact can have upon another person, and they will come to better understand the boundaries of their own sexuality.  Without this insight they are far more likely to experiment in ways that are not only unacceptable to society, but are essentially harmful to them and to others.  It is a moral responsibility that parents and educators face when making the decision to teach their children and students about their sexuality and how it affects their lives and that of others.

In the past those who oppose sex education have been vehement in their arguments that the school system is forcing their children to mature at an accelerated rate that can, and has been accused of, creating psychological turmoil and distress in young children.  Those who believe that children are being sexualized at a young age are not entirely wrong, but are rather misinformed as to what sex education is designed to do.  Children are far more likely to misunderstand their own sexuality if they are not introduced to it by an authority figure who guides them through the necessary information. If they are allowed to go out and experiment on their own the propensity for disaster becomes far greater, and the risk of harm becomes much higher.

Through sex education it becomes easier for children to understand what is happening to their bodies as they develop and what steps they can take to remain in good health.  The knowledge gained from such a course is vital to young people so that they are allowed to make informed decisions concerning their own bodies and are aware of how their own sexuality affects those around them. From promoting abstinence until one’s body and psychological state are ready to deal with sexual relations to simply being aware of one’s own health and the further development of their body, sex education is an important course that can be instrumental in shaping the lives of the coming generations. The better informed a student is, the better prepared they are for the changes that will eventually affect their body and way of thinking.

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