I. parents it is an obligation to teach, guide,

                                                        I. INTRODUCTION

          Sex Education has become vital in terms of
educating us youth and it’s been an essential aid to our natural curiosity. As
human parents it is an obligation to teach, guide, and nurture your children
through childhood and adolescence towards adulthood, providing them with the
skill and knowledge to make safe life choices. But when is the right time for
teachers and parents to starts sex education with children? Primarily, for me,
sexual education should start at home. Parents and guardians should be the
primary instructors of sexual education to their children. Children learn about
their sexuality when their parents speak to them, change their clothes, play
with them or teach them about their body parts. As they progress from children
to teenagers they continue to learn about their sexualities consistently.
However, I am aware that some parents and guardians are very uncomfortable in
talking about or providing information about sex or sexual education and thus,
the school-based sexuality education take place. It complements and supplements
the sexuality education children receive from their families, religious and
community groups. Education is not just about giving people the facts, it is
also about teaching skills to enable young people like us to use that
information effectively. Therefore, due to the necessity of school-based
sexuality education it is in my opinion that it should be a part of the
curriculum for the students in high school that is junior and senior high. This
course should be taught in various high schools for various reasons. One would
be teenage pregnancy. The UN Populations says that the Philippines is the only
country in Asia Pacific region where the rate of teen pregnancies rose over the
last two decades. UNFPA country representative Klaus Beck said that Filipino
girls aged 15 to 19 make up 10% of the population of 100 million, and 1 out of
10 of them have already given birth. Another reason would be the awareness of
students about sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV/AIDS, HPV (Human
Papillomavirus), Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, Herpes, Trichomoniasis, etc.
and preventing them from occurring and teaching us about abstinence, which is
the better way and to inform students about sexual orientation.

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Some say
that if teenagers are taught about sex or sexuality their interest in it would
intensify resulting in experimentation. Although I agree that this might indeed
be 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 about
abstinence and contraception. Sex education would teach us that sexuality is a
natural and normal part of life. Abstinence from sexual intercourse is the
better way of preventing unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted
diseases. Abstinence is in fact the most effective method. Adolescent or
pre-teens should be encourage by not only their parents to delay sexual acts
until they are physically, cognitively and emotionally ready for mature sexual
relationships and their consequence. Sex education would offer us a wide range of
information on abstinence until marriage. It is effective in encouraging us
teenagers to postpone sexual intercourse and helps us develop interpersonal
skills we need to resist premature sexual involvement. For interventions to be
effective, we need to be exposed to these kinds of programs before we initiate
intercourse, preferably during our high school years. If sex education will be
implemented in the high school system, it will promote knowledge about human
development and reproduction, to make students aware of the consequences of all
types of sexual activity and to promote young people’s respect for and
appreciation of themselves, their families, and others. This implementation
would in fact help to reduce teenage pregnancy, for the reason that important
topics such as puberty, sexual health and hygiene, reproductive systems,
pregnancy and contraception would be focused on. These topics will discuss
abstinence, condom use, diversity, pregnancy options, safer sex and sexual
behavior. We students have to be encouraged to accept the shared responsibility
of pregnancy prevention by teachers explaining the consequences of premature
and unprotected sexual activity, urging responsible decisions about sexual
intercourse, and encouraging healthy, respectful and safe female and male
relationships.    

 

 

 

                                                             II. DEFINITION/HISTORY

 

a.     
 WHAT IS SEX EDUCATION?

         
As what I have learned, sex education is a high quality teaching and
learning about a broad variety of topics related to sex and sexuality,
exploring values and beliefs about those topics and gaining the skills that are
needed to guide relationships and manage one’s own sexual health. It is a
process that begins at birth and continues until the day you die.   Sex
education is about young adult generations getting informed about everything
they need to know in relation to sex. Among the most controversial issues in
the education system, sex education made it to the top of being the most
controversial topic of all times. Sex Ed classes are not just about sex, it is
more than that. It’s about informing students on sensitive issues such as sexual
health, sexual reproduction, sexuality, sexually transmitted diseases, body development
along with skill building to help young people make the right choices and other
issues that most parents often do not want to address with children.

 

b.     
SHOULD SEX EDUCATION BE TAUGHT IN HIGH
SCHOOLS?

           I have done some research and there
has been some arguments about whether or not sex education should be provided
in schools. There are a number of arguments in favor of sex education and a
strong number representation of the argument against it. This issue has long
been debated and that some individuals insist and argue that sex education in
schools will destroy the morality and the religious beliefs of students because
such class will teach the students about how sexual intercourse is done and
that will encourage students to want to try. According to Cheryl Gallant, the
battle between supporters and those against sex education is not an issue that
just arise, such controversy has been going on for a long time. It is a
controversial issue and a topic of argument not just in one country but in
several countries as well. Advantages of having sex education in high schools
are knowledge of the topic, which teaches students the correct use and terms of
the sexual reproductive system in a form of biology or home economic classes. Preventive
measures, get informed on sexually transmitted diseases and the different use
of contraception such as birth control, condoms and others. Making right
decisions, having knowledge of the issue students will make the right decision
on what to do and what not to do. Parent children communication, better open communication
can be implemented with two parents and students, parents would no longer be embarrassed
to talk to their children about the topic.

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In
1913, Chicago became the first major city to implement sex education for high
schools.

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During
the late 1920’s schools begun to integrate sex education into their curriculum
like the military schools.

 

                                                    III.
CONCLUSION

       As I have gone through this research, as what
it was stated on this term paper, yes sex education would come off as
inappropriate to be taught in schools for the reason that it might destroy the
students’ morals and beliefs and that many students would want to engage in
sexual intercourse instead of avoiding it but for me having knowledge about
these sensitive issues would be helpful for us teenagers in terms of growing
into maturity. Therefore, I conclude that, sex education should be taught in
high schools in order for young adults like us to be educated by the proper
terminologies and the consequences of sexually transmitted diseases and
unwanted pregnancy.