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Youth Media Podcast: Rape, Social Media, and Sex Education." Youth Radio. Soundcloud,         2013. web. 4 Apr 2014.

 

            In Ohio 2013, future football stars were indicted on rape charges due to a leaked picture of a female tied up. The photo went viral on social media and the news because the boys said that it was a staged photo. It was very disturbing to read up on how these males took control and promoted violence openly for the world to see. There is always a connection between sexual information because it should include how to be in a healthy relationship and to respect one another. “This kind of thing happens far more than we think about. At the root of sex education are issues of gender” (6:12). This is a great claim because boys are stereotyped to be the superior group when learning about sex education. Females are quick to get labeled as a whore or being promiscuous. Learning the difference earlier in life could help in justifying the attributions of both male and females in a relationship involving sex. It gives children time to actually comprehend everything about each body and gradually make better decisions. If these boys had sex education in their grade school years, maybe this could have been prevented and they could be on their way to play college ball. Sadly, they were found guilty and sentenced to many years in prison for this crime.

 

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Chicago School--- Considering Teaching Sex Ed to Kindergarten Kids 2013 - YouTube

Tanteros, Andrea. “Chicago school- considering sex ed to Kindergartens.” Youtube. Youtube,     Fox News Live. 2013. Web. 4 April. 2014.

            The Chicago public school systems are debating about starting sex education in Kindergarten. Children under the age of seven are going to be educated about sexual relations and reproduction. Sex education is important, but the question is, at what age should it be taught? Five years old is very young and they may have an idea on what sex might be but teaching them how to use a condom at that age is unethical. However, parents are allowed to remove their children from the sex education class and have them attend regular classes but, many parents rarely pay attention to what is going on in their kid’s classrooms in the first place. Sex education should be placed in the school systems but not at that age, it is just too young. Nobody wants their children’s innocence depraved too soon. “What’s really sad is that the city of Chicago has bigger problems to deal with then sex ed, right now only 60% of Chicago’s high school students graduate, only 6% graduate from college..” (Tanteros 1:50). There are many other things Chicago can focus on than pushing this law into the Kindergarten system if nobody is graduating in the first place. 

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13 Going on 30

13 Going on 30 | Sex Education In The School Systems | Scoop.it

Hagan, Lucy. Baby-faced father of little Maisie. 2009. Photograph. The Sun. Web. 4 April. 2014.

            The Sun magazine produced an amazing picture of a thirteen year old boy and girl having a child at a young age. That is barely a teenager yet and only a few years after early hormonal growth. Many cannot imagine life with children before twenty five, so thirteen has to be rough. Although the story of the two pre-teens did not deliberate their educational background, could it have been prevented with more information? If the elementary school provided medical details, maybe they would still be able to embrace their childhood. This picture exemplifies a scary situation, because instead of growing up like children, they will have to raise one for the rest of their lives. 

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Abstinence or Medical View?

Abstinence or Medical View? | Sex Education In The School Systems | Scoop.it

Sex Education in School. 2014. Photograph. Bing images. Web. 4 April. 2014.

            This cartoon photograph shows the teacher strongly promoting abstinence while the teens are not listening and carrying on with sex-like activities in the classroom. The teacher looks older and probably grew up in an age where abstinence was the only option before marriage, as he holds his arm firmly on his back. If the chalkboard had a percentage or statistic about sex, the picture probably would not be as effective. Advocating the medical view of sex in classrooms is beneficial and could help in using a condom or practicing monogamy. Although abstinence is a great way of life, it is not traditional in today’s society. 

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Sex Ed Interview

Interview by Pikwah Chan. “An Interview.” NJCU. ESL New Jersey City       University, 2013.Web. 4 April. 2014.

                       

            Chan, from the New Jersey City University, conducted an interview with a man in the neighborhood about the issue of sex education in elementary schools. He expressed his opinion, vigorously, agreeing that it should begin in the pre-teen stages of life. “TV or movies have already raised their curiosity. Sex education actually gives them balance” (Anonymous interviewee 1). While this is a good claim, educating under the age of twelve may not be a bad thing, as long as it does not include any graphics. Television has played a huge role in contributing to sexual activities and curiosity in children. The things that are portrayed on a television screen nearly teach kids that sex is the way of life. Chan also stressed if it promotes having sex as a good thing, all the kids will try it early. If the classes are teaching how much of a negative effect sex has before marriage, it may fear students and give them that urge to wait until they are older and ready to make that decision. The interviewee shared that in his time of elementary school, if a question about sex was brought up in a home, it would result in a whooping or punishment. Although, he explained how having the knowledge earlier could have helped him with decisions made later in life.  

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Journal

Oettinger, Gerald. “The Effects of Sex Education on Teen Sexual Activity and Teen Pregnancy.” Chicago Journals 107. (1999) : 607-610. JSTOR. Web. 4 April. 2014.

        At the University of Texas in Austin, they did a comparison of females with education in regards to sex, and females without. Ultimately, there was a higher pregnancy rate for the ones without sex education. The purpose of sex education is to help younger people justify information of their sexual well-being and provide responsibility in regards to their relations. “advocates of sex education argue that such programs do not encourage sexual activity, but rather reduce the risks of illness and unwanted pregnancy among teens who are already sexually active” (Oettinger 608). Students with more knowledge provided will have a greater chance of prevailing results and convincing them that sex is not the only way of life because of curiosity. This journal dates back to 1999, which means that this has been an ongoing issue throughout the United States and is a lifelong process. It takes years to be fully educated, and have a set attitude towards understanding the positives and negatives of having sexual relations. This journal provides the theory of being at a young age and having the urge to cross that line. For example, students want to fit in with their friends, have the correct information, or have the satisfaction of sexual encounters. We should not get rid of this sex education idea because it provides the blind with something to see, and the “fearless” teenager with the correct knowledge to think before taking off their clothes. 

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YOUTH ORGANIZATION AGAINST TEACHING SEX EDUTIATION IN SCHOOLS - YouTube

“Youth organization against teaching sex education in schools.” Youtube. Youtube, Obyektiv.     2012. Web. 4 April. 2014.

      In another country, a meeting was held to oppose the right of sex education in schools. They feel as though introducing sexual content within elementary schools is unethical and will cause many people to be angry about it. Many of the families are very religious and still abide by the abstinence rule and do not like to discuss those issues outside the household. It could create too much suspicion and arousal, which could lead to the act of having early sexual relations. Also, they explain that females are not allowed to go to schools that allow this subject because of the moral aspect of being a lady and not having sex until marriage. “If Parliament passes a law providing for the introduction of such and such in schools, our organization will appeal to the Parliament and protest against it” (Youth 1:22). The organization would like to keep the idea of pushing forth good grades and well beings rather than reproductive issues and promiscuity. These points of view are understandable, but why force a group to not have open ended information about a major fact of life. Nothing can help more than accurate information and guidance from a higher authority or role model. Every student could not possibly oppose these laws, and if so, there must be one with a question or curiosity about it.

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Sex Education

Luxmoore, Nick. “The problem with Sex Education.” Web blog post. Young people up close.   Psychology Today, 14 June. 2013. Web. 4 April. 2014.

 

It was interesting that a lot of males have numerous of questions about sex at an early age as expressed in the blog. Students were so afraid to ask questions out loud that they wrote them down on a sheet of paper and gave it to the instructor. The more convinced, and self-assured kids are, the more likely they will initiate safe sex actions. “..factual sex education is to reduce anxieties about sex which cause unhappiness. Without information, young people mock the ignorance of others to hide their own ignorance; they project their own anxieties about sexual experience and performance onto others and attack it” (Luxmoore 1). This is a fair claim, but there is no given fact that the education will improve the anxieties regarding sex in children. Many teens get aroused, including children, and do not know how to deal with it or what it means. Therefore, it should be gradually taught in schools so that they understand facts, symptoms, risks and consequences of their bodies. 

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Life as a teen

Quindlen, Anna. “Sex Ed.” The McGraw-Hill Reader: Issues across the Disciplines. Gilbert          Muller. 11th ed. New York: Learning Solutions, 2011. 275-277. Print.

            This anthology was interesting because she shared a story of a group of females, no older then sixteen, who knew all about the reproductive system, med terms, and effects of sexual activity. However, they were all pregnant themselves. “When I was in high school, at the tail end of the sixties, there was a straightforward line on sex among my friends. Boys could have it; girls couldn’t. A girl who was not a virgin pretended she was. A girl who was sleeping with her boyfriend…pretended she was not” (Quindlen 276). This is a good point of view from her experience as a teenager although it does not justify the means of handling sex education today. The fact that America is open to sexual relations as of 2014, there has to be a way to prevent early pregnancies and disease transfers. Quindlen acknowledges that teaching children in a class may not be the most effective way to prevent anything. The best way would be life, going through the motions of making decisions and learning from them. However, she does not oppose the idea of sex education at all. She communicates with her own sons about the female menstrual cycles and fertilities before the facts of pregnancy and diseases. This approach is great for a parent when the time is right for the household. “I always think of that day when someone suggests that sex education at school is a big part of the answer to the problem of teenage pregnancy. I happen to be a proponent of such programs” (Quindlen 276). 

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Abstinence Vs Sex Education

 

Roldan, Cynthia. “Bill to reform sex education in South Carolina schools in limbo.” The Post and Courier 25 Feb. 2014: 1. Bill to reform sex ed. Web. 4 April. 2014.

 

            In the South Carolina’s “Post and Courier,” it discusses ongoing debates about a bill that allows students to be educated about sex. It would require students to be taught the medical side of sexual relations instead of the idea of abstinence being the main persuasion. Also, it complies with information about planning a family in the future. They will obtain accurate information on teen pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases, such as statistics. Students should have the opportunity to learn the facts in school because most do not have that privilege in their homes. Parents think that children are too young and should be pushed to not have sex at all. Many did not want this revised bill to promote sexuality in saying that everything will be okay if a condom is used. On the other hand, sex education would benefit all of the students and prepare them for the real world, especially those without parental guidance. It enlightens the fact that pre teenagers should be numerically prepared and know signs, symptoms, and risks of everything. However, the committee could not agree, which led to a tied vote and no current resolution.

 

 

                                                                                                                                            

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