Should sex ed begin earlier?

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  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 20, 2014 12:33 a.m.

    If sex e d weren't taught formally, people would still figure it out.

    Is it too much to ask that schools demonstrate they can teach the basics appropriately before being asked to teach a host of other things?

  • A Quaker Brooklyn, NY
    Aug. 11, 2014 10:53 a.m.

    Sex education should definitely be better. Abstinence-focused teachings are spectaculary unsuccessful. But even where it's "comprehensive," sex education rarely covers interpersonal issues, like personal boundaries, autonomy, and emotions. For older children: relationship ethics, what to look for in a dating partner, and avoiding peer pressure. Many of these issues do not involve an explicit discussion of sex, but instead, when to speak up for yourself, how to keep paths of communications open with one's parents, how to identify people who might take advantage of you, emotionally or otherwise, and how not to be victimized.

    Non-sexualized education related to sexual matters should definitely be part of grade school. Children are conditioned to obey authority figures. They need to know when not to. While child abuse doesn't reach anything like epidemic proportions, there's still way too much of it, and education can be part of reducing it. Talking to children about adult-type matters, even at an age-appropriate level, can seem awkward, but failing to do so leaves too many children in the dark. And bad things can happen in the dark.

  • Midvaliean MIDVALE, UT
    Aug. 11, 2014 9:30 a.m.

    Sex education begins as soon as you are in school. You hear your "education" from the other kids. Yeah, the ones that don't know a darn thing about sex are telling your kids about sex. In the age of the internet and sexual images abound, we had better consider the fact that pandora's box is open. Let's get solid education about sex as soon as we can.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 11, 2014 8:25 a.m.

    Well parents? Get to it. Start acting like parents