Sex education is considered taboo in many developing countries. The need for education comes about from the constant rise of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unplanned pregnancies among school going children. Sexually transmitted diseases like HIV/AIDs are manageable. However, a cure is yet to be found. So, why is sex education a necessity and a very delicate issue?
One needs to note that sexual intercourse is an important activity in a person’s life since it is responsible for the reproduction and procreation process. The main reason why sex education is needed is to reduce the number of images associated with it in many developing countries. It is widely considered as a taboo, and thus many people do not openly talk about it with their children.
Many countries often find it challenging to imparting sex education knowledge to their children in schools due to the misconceptions of their parents and the reluctance of their teachers in teaching about it. It is common assumption among many parents of the need to not educate their young ones on sex education as many assume that they will eventually get to understand it better whenever they grow older. Some parents fear that if their teenagers get to understand and know more about it, then there is a high chance that many of them will get involved and do it consequently. Others believe that sex education will increase the rise to sexually transmitted infections and diseases which is considered a peril in many developing countries.
It is without any doubt that sex education is a very sensitive topic for one to talk to their children and many questions arise from it becoming integrated into the school’s curriculum. Many of the controversies seem to concern the morals of a person because of new issues such as homosexuality, new diseases, and sexual and emotional intimacy. Sexual education taught in schools is expected to provide useful information that is up-to-date, factual and appropriate for the grade level to which it is presented.
It is evident that teachers need to have moral commitment since many of them are confronted with ethical questions that concern the subject matter including responsibilities to students and parent when teaching the education. It is vital for teachers to show commitment in their own values as well as educate the students with the best interests at heart. So, what are some of the issues that hinder the adoption of sexual education in schools?
One of the issues is curriculum controversy which excuses the classes for religious objections. It has led to some of the parents to argue in court to which they argue that these education classes constitute an establishment of a moral state, religion, however, many of these courts have ruled in favor saying that the classes are necessary for public health measures. It is a common reason as to why many developed countries have adults particularly parents of school children in support of the inclusion of the education into the curriculum. They believe sensitive information such as birth control and abortion are necessary so that their children can understand whatever they involve themselves in.
Sex education is a delicate issue and so teachers are expected to put and involve the children more. Studies have shown that students who have more knowledge regarding sex are more likely to use contraceptives and even abstain from sexual activity hence the need for appropriate materials for teaching sexual education which includes the necessary support needed for most of these sexual education programs.
Sexual education can as well become ineffective particularly with small groups stemming from disruptive young members who have hesitance in talking, sharing their opinions and even offering unsatisfactory interactions. Many people need to overcome these difficulties by accepting the situation hence ending up setting goals that have many of their children’s heart as a priority thus helping overcome barriers that are brought about by them not knowing what they get themselves into. Practicing the above helps teach young people to become healthy and responsible for their future.