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Disney teaching wrong messages

Disney teaching wrong messages | Sex Education | Scoop.it

Via Amanda Kronenberger
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I find it interesting researching on sex education and reading about the opinions of others. Reading a post by 'Amanda Kronenberger' I believe from earlier stages we differeriente sex where the roles of a girl and boy are different. We paint a picture where a girl is a certain way and a boy has to be the opposite. I think she made a great point including how beauty is a great factor when it comes to woman and this clip reflects it. 

Ariel, who is beautiful and gifted with a beautiful voice gives up her passion(singing) to become human and goes on a journey to find her prince charming. Here, I see the difference between two gender roles. 

I am aware that this movie is now outdated but looking back on the movie I grew up with, it allows me to be more aware of the differences among gender and gender roles that was shown amongst kids. 

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Amanda Kronenberger's curator insight, December 20, 2013 2:09 PM

We know all know this Disney movie and have probably watched in numerous times. I would be lying if I saw it was not one of my favorites, however, this movie can send very bad messages to young children, especially girls. Disney movies were used when I was younger on certain days as a reward. For example, the class would be able to watch a movie during our holiday party and there was a vote. While this movie is more appealing to girls, I know that I have watched it in the classroom as a young child, as well as many other Disney movies. What some teachers do not realize is that this movie, especially, teaches girls that in order to be successful, they must be beautiful. Also, their main goal in life is that they should find a husband and get married. 

            The Little Mermaid is about a teenage mermaid, Ariel, who dreams of being a human and walking on the land so she can be with the love of her live, Prince Eric. She meets an evil sea witch, named Ursula, who grants her this wish, in return for her beautiful voice. Ariel has to make the Prince Eric fall in love with her with no ability to speak. In the song, “Poor Unfortunate Souls,” sung be Ursula, the message of the story is seen as clear as day.  Here is a segment of the song-

 

“The men up there don't like a lot of blabber

They think a girl who gossips is a bore

Yes, on land it's much preferred

For ladies not to say a word

And after all, dear, what is idle prattle for?

Come on, they're not all that impressed with conversation

True gentlemen avoid it when they can

But they dote and swoon and fawn

On a lady who's withdrawn

It's she who holds her tongue who gets her man

Come on, you poor unfortunate soul”

 

Reading this at this at the age I am now makes me angry. I remember singing along with this song as a young girl.  Basically, the song is telling girls that men do not care what they have to say. As long as you are nice to look at, they will love you. When Ariel protests asking Ursula what she will do without her voice, Ursala says, “You'll have your looks! Your pretty face! And don't underestimate the importance of body language! Ha!” Breaking down this song explains what the entire movie is about. Additionally, the entire movie is about how Ariel must make Prince Eric fall in love with her. That is seen as the most important thing in the young girls life. Do we want young girls thinking with this mentality? No, we want them to strive to be successful. It also is telling boys that a “true gentlemen” does not care what a woman has to say. Therefore, it sends the wrong message to boys as well. Throughout the movie, once Ariel loses her voice, she comes off as very unintelligent. While this movie is not part of any type of curriculum in schools, it is important for teachers to understand how harmful it can be. While it is easy to just pop in this movie on a lax day, they should think twice. However, if they do use it, it can be very beneficial when addressing gender roles. Complicating this movie for students will teach them how to not listen to the messages this movie presents. 

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Sex Education Cartoons For Kids Captivate Prudish China (VIDEOS) - Huffington Post

Sex Education Cartoons For Kids Captivate Prudish China (VIDEOS) - Huffington Post | Sex Education | Scoop.it
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Thanks to a taboo-breaking series of sex education cartoons, many Chinese kids now know where they come from.
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This short clip was interesting to me because I feel that this is the best way to introduce sex to a younger audience. It doesn't get to specific but it shows the fundamentals.

I think approaching a serious topic in a humorous manner is neccessary at times.

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Puberty Is Coming Earlier, But That Doesn't Mean Sex Ed Is

Puberty Is Coming Earlier, But That Doesn't Mean Sex Ed Is | Sex Education | Scoop.it
Scientists are still trying to understand why more children are reaching puberty earlier than previous generations.

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How early is it to discuss uncomfortable topics such as sex? This article is stating that sex education should be introduced as early as possible in grade school and some recommend teaching it in Kindergarden. In my opinion, I agree that puberty is coming early and it should be a subject that should be taught. I strongly believe parents and guardians should be more involved in order for early generations to be more informed of their body changes and conducting safe sex. I think this topic should not be introduced in elementary school but should be a topic with the consent of the parents/ guardians to be introduced as an extracurricular activity.  I say this because all kids develop and mature at a different level that allowing a child to be a 'child' as long as they can is what I believe in. 

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Amanda Kronenberger's curator insight, December 15, 2013 4:13 PM

“But regardless of cause, more and more kids are already well into puberty by the time sex education begins in school.”

 

            This article discussed how sex education should be started earlier in schools because students go through puberty at all different ages and are not given the information they need to deal these changes. While some parents may be open with their children in talking about these things, others may not, and students need to learn these things somehow. In the San Francisco Bay Area, an educational play is shown in many schools called, “The Nightmare on Puberty Street.” The main character raps about how her body is changing, and how her classmates make fun of her for it, even though it is out of her control. The play is great, and schools are asking for it at earlier and earlier ages. “In many area schools, Nightmare on Puberty Street is staged starting in the sixth grade, but the organization that produces the play, Kaiser Permanente Northern California, is getting requests to bring the play to audiences as young as those in fifth grade.” By the time sex education begins in most schools, kids are already well into puberty. For me, I remember having a discussion with our teachers in 5th grade about menstruation. The boys and girls separated, with teachers of our own genders, and were given a brief overview. Girls learned about wearing deodorant, wearing bras and other related issues. Classes weren’t actually offered until Middle School (~7th Grade) For me, this was never an issue, but it was for other students.

            Rachel, who is 15 now, recalls going through puberty staring at age 8, when she began to notice her breasts were growing. She had no idea what they were or why they were there, and didn’t notice that she looked different than other kids when playing dress up until looking back on pictures.  "Fairy princess clothes tend to be kind of not well-made and revealing and stuff like that, so I was playing dress up even though I'd already started developing," she says. "So there are some pictures of me in dress-up clothes that are revealing or too tight in some areas." Rachel also stood out among her classmates.

“Some girls show signs of puberty even younger than Rachael did like Jaidyn, who was 6 when she got underarm hair and started wearing deodorant, "and about 9 when I started wearing a bra," she says. But by fourth grade, Jaidyn still hadn't received any puberty education at school which left the conversation to her mom, Marella.”  As you can see, the article shows that all girls are different. Some girls may not be so lucky to have a mother, or a mother who is willing to explain these things to their daughter. This is why sex education should start being offered in schools at a much earlier age.

Dr. Louise Greenspan, a pediatric endocrinologist, encourages that education in schools begin earlier than in 5th grade in schools. She thinks this is way too late and feels she is on a mission to have everyone understand this. She does not think students should be learning about sex, but rather changes going on in their bodies. Also, that being physically mature does not mean they are ready for adult relationships. Kids are “growing up” way before they begin talking about these things in school. If they are not going to their parents, or their parents are not addressing these things with them, they have no way of understanding this.

 

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How a German Elementary School Taught Sex Ed [Graphic]

How a German Elementary School Taught Sex Ed [Graphic] | Sex Education | Scoop.it
Children's book images, NSFW? NSFGFG (German First-Graders)?

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I find it interesting to see how different countries approach sex education in different angles. I think  from my personal cultural background this comic is very revealing. I don't think it is neccessary wrong to show this as graphically as it did but it should be a little censored depending on the audience. 

I agree that we need to aware kids with sex education but the amount of information presented should be considered. 

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Amanda Kronenberger's curator insight, December 20, 2013 3:01 PM

Also refers to the article : 

http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/berlin-first-graders-get-explicit-sex-education-book-a-896447.html

 

      The article form theatlantic.com highlights the difference between sex educations in America, as opposed to other countries around the globe. One high school biology teacher is under investigation for using the word, “vagina,” in his class, in addition to explaining to students the science behind an orgasm. However, in a first grade class in Germany, students are being taught about sex in a lot more detail then ever imagined to us in the US. “Meanwhile on a completely difference plane in Germany, parents are "irate," according to the international news site Spiegel, after a Berlin elementary school used a book containing illustrations of condoms and descriptions of orgasms for a very frank discussion about sex.” This article brought me to the sight that addressed the issue in Berlin Germany.

            Both that article and  the German sight, Spiegel.de… shows some of the pictures features in this book, Where do I come from?, which is recommended for children ages 5 an up. To me, these are highly inappropriate and way too graphic for such young children. This was showed to 5th graders in Berlin, Germany. “The book…shows a couple, Lisa and Lars, in various stages of arousal. In one illustration, Lisa puts a condom on Lars' erect penis. Another shows them having intercourse. The text also veers toward the explicit.” In goes on to add, "When it's so good that it can't get any better, Lisa and Lars have an orgasm," it reads. And, finally: "The vagina and penis feel nice and tingly and warm." (keep in mind, FIRST graders are being taught this) The parents of the students agree and made complaints to the school. However, nothing was done until it got to the press and was reported to the Berlin Senate. The response was the following:

“Now several conservative politicians have commented on the incident. Monika Grütters, a representative in Germany's parliament, the Bundestag, for Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU), told German daily newspaper Die Welt that when it comes to sex education, she would warn against "unnecessary zeal." Dorothee Bär of the Christian Social Union, the CDU's Bavarian sister party, told Die Welt that: "Sex education should accompany the development of children, but not speed it up."

     I very much agree with Dorothee that this would speed up the child development because there is no reason such explicit content should be shown to first graders. Personally, I think this book should not be show until high school.

      Looking back to the article from theatlantic.com, it is clear how different sex education is between the US and other countries when a study in 2012 asking children in the U.S., the Netherlands, England and Sweden to draw pictures explaining where babies come from. A Dutch boy drew a picture that was very detailed for a child, which cam be seen in the article. However, the American children gave far different reactions and had really not much idea where babies come from. One U.S. boy said, "I think [babies] are made by a mom and a dad, but I am not sure how; maybe during special time when they are alone." While I think this is an age appropriate response, I was a little surprised read the results of the study. “The study's authors concluded that it is possible for kids that young to understand the concepts of conception and birth, and argued that "In these countries [like the Netherlands and Sweden] with more open attitudes toward sexuality and greater recognition of the need to educate young people, there are higher rates of contraceptive use by both male and female teens and lower rates of teen pregnancy, birth, and abortion."”

      This makes me think that although we should not go as far as introducing racy books, are we not doing enough? My reactions in previous articles were that children in elementary schools should not learn about conception at all. However, if it can lead to differences such as the ones stated in the results, should we second guess the way we are teaching students in the US?

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Five year-olds should be taught about sex so they can 'ask questions or report abuse', says Unesco - Telegraph

Five year-olds should be taught about sex so they can 'ask questions or report abuse', says Unesco - Telegraph | Sex Education | Scoop.it
Five year-olds should be given sex education so they can ask questions about their bodies and tell adults if they have been abused, according to Unesco.

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Reading different articles, my opinion on sex education has become neutral. At first I was not fond with the idea of introducing sex education in early grade school because how much can an instructor teach an audience of five year-olds. But reading this article, I see how people strongly believe being more educated in a particular subject can and may reduce risky behaviors. 

 

But on the part where this article states that students need to be informed with sex because we all are naturaly sexually active and it is parents or our surroundings that make it an uncomfortable - I disagree too. Further, I feel that the purpose of this article is true but promoting sex education in early grade school to allow students to be more aware in case they are violated- I believe that this is not a strong reason to teach young students. I think that young students are able to know when something is wrong without it being taught. I also believe that sex education should be introduced but not strongly pushed at early school grades. 

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Susan Volinski's curator insight, November 14, 2013 10:35 PM

Having sex education is important for students to learn early on because then the students are informed about sexual abuse and can report it early on when they know the signs. Interesting perspective on reasoning for implementing sex education into schools