Sex Education: A Nursing Perspective

Sex Education – -It’s been a widespread issue and the talk-of-the-town in the Asia’s bedrock of Catholicism nowadays since the on-going debate between the Catholic Church and the Department of Education (DepEd) started.

This fastidious proposition undeniably brought  the general public the vital awareness on reproduction and sexuality in congruence with the increasing rate of unwanted teenage pregnancies, abortion, and overpopulation.  Yes, the most excellent method to educate a child is when he is in school, his second family. Sex education is an intricate, theoretical, book-based issue in which the educator (preferably a teacher) requires ample knowledge concerning the subject matter that prepares much of a student’s personal, intellectual and moral integrity.

If parents may perhaps be proficient to converse this topic comprehensively with their child, then my hat’s off to you. Nonetheless, students deserve to get not an iota of understanding, but an extensive and broad insight as regards to sex education, not that there’s anything wrong with parental guidance and parents’ aptitude into sex education, but students must acquire bigger scope of learning enrichment with the equipped and skilled professors and this is best done inside the school. Parents, cannot control, command over or monitor their child as far as daily activities are concerned. It is a bolt from the blue to me that parents alone can inculcate and point to their children the reality of life from their mere experience. However, a child/student spends more time on school absorbing facts and information than in home with their parents. “Actually, maski kindergarten dapat binibigyan ng kaunting information about diyan (sex education). ‘Di ‘yung ‘pag buntis na, saka pa lang makakaalam kung paano siya nabuntis. Mula pa sa batang edad, dapat may pagtuturo na appropriate sa kanilang edad”, said Dr. Esperanza Cabral, former Department of Health (DOH) Secretary. Professors can also handle the behaviors or conducts the students display and educate students as they watchfully observe the performance and deeds of the learners.

This sensitive issue must also be accompanied and incorporated with the moral values indoctrinated by the family and a continuous process as the child set off to school for a healthier learning and supervision by the educators which are the second parents of the students in the. Sex education would be informational, a lifetime learning and serves as an eye-opener and a hint to the actual picture of what the real world is. It could also be vibrant, restorative and an educative course of action that congregates the desires of the general public.

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  • “Actually, maski kindergarten dapat binibigyan ng kaunting information about diyan (sex education). ‘Di ‘yung ‘pag buntis na, saka pa lang makakaalam kung paano siya nabuntis…” Dr. Esperanza Cabral, Sex Education Advocate

    I wonder why a kindergarten girl would need sex education about how she can become pregnant. This is the basic problem of many sex education advocates. They don’t seem to know when to teach people about sex. It seems that they just want to teach sex education even if it’s not yet appropriate.

    Education is important but so is prudence.

    Children still don’t need to be educated about sex, but of values. A child taught that he or she has dignity and that he or she needs to act morally would not easily succumb to sexual enticements.

    Also, a child who is taught how to value himself or herself would also later value sex as a sacred thing. He or she would most likely not treat sex as a toy or simply as a subject matter that needs to be practiced, even out of place.

    Give sex education to people old enough to engage in sex. Let us not give adult lessons to children. They don’t need it yet.

    • Kris

      The term is “age appropriate sex education”. Some form of sex education should be taught BEFORE kids start engaging in sex. When I was 13, I had a very few classmates from my Catholic School in Makati who have already engaged in sex. All of my 12 year old peers were definitely aware of sex. Now with the internet, you can push the age of sex awareness a little younger. We want to start “Age Appropriate Sex Ed” prior to reaching awareness.

      One of my classmates became a mother at 14 years old. There were a few more who followed her. All their parents were very nice people, and one of the parents was an active lay person in our church. With sex education or not, no reasonable parent would want to have a pregnant 13 year old.

      Don’t we bring our kids to schools to prepare them for a good future? Nothing destroys a child’s future than being a mother or a dad at a very young age. Just as school teaches our kids math, science and literature, the lack of sex education can be more devastating.

      I can never teach my kids really informative sex education like professionals can. My son goes to Catholic school in Los Angeles. Believe it or not, they have some form of sex education taught in Catholic schools to 7 year olds. This was in light of sexual abuses made by priests to children. My son’s Catholic school have mandatory sex education as outlined by the California Department of Education. There are NO teenage pregnancies reported within my son’s school. It turns out that kids that have the appropriate sex education, can still be very good Catholics.

      • I agree that children should be educated about human sexuality, which I think differs somewhat with “sex education” as it is propounded by RH Bill proponents in the Philippines. (I hope I don’t sound nitpicking here)

        For example, I teach my 9-year-old daughter that she is a girl and that she has physical differences with her 8-year-old brother. At a very young age, 3, my wife and I taught her how to pee properly and explained to her why her brother pees standing up.

        At her current age, I already tell her to value herself more by dressing up properly (decently and conservatively) and to act accordingly even when alone in her room. I do the same thing with my son.

        I also tell them that it would not be right and proper for other people to touch them, especially in their privates. They are not objects to be poked or groped. They are people whose person and personal space should be respected.

        As I already stated in my first post, this is done in consonance with strong values education. I let my children know that first of all they are human beings and are children of God, who are loved dearly by the Almighty.

        Some pro-sex education people might say that teaching children about sexuality is “sex education.” I beg to disagree. Sexuality awareness which is more human, moral and personal in approach is different from sex education which treats sex as a classroom subject.

        To teach sex in a cold, impersonal classroom environment (especially if bereft of values education) suffer the danger of misrepresenting sex and of creating a situation that could be as bad as that which sex education proponents are trying to avoid.

        Let us teach our children values and self worth. Let us help them become aware of their sexuality. Let us not pollute them with sex education.

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        But what about the Internet and media?

        I believe children properly nurtured in values will know how to deal with such influences by themselves. Here, parents and not classroom discussion is necessary.

        We as parents should be ready to listen and talk to them and answer their questions about what they see on air or online.

        Can we call our answers “sex education”? Perhaps, it depends on who’s looking. But I prefer to call it parenting.

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