Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Next Subject: Sex Ed

As anyone would expect, it is the perpetual battle of modernists and the so-called moralists mounting in every pulpit, would greet daily news followers with the Department of Education’s attempt to resurface the introduction of sex education among grade schools.

In a prudish country we’re in, where handing out condoms on a Valentine’s Day is considered a heinous crime, sex should be the last word in your vocabulary.

But in the same country where Jen, a 14 year old mother who tried his luck in a TV gameshow to cough up a few bucks in support of her infant, screams for the need for the youth to be armed with right information on sex is just too loud to ignore.

However, I do not support the idea of discussing sex matters within the four walls of crammed public school classrooms with 4th grader and 5th grader in it. No, I am not belittling the mental capacity of my fellow youth on digesting this very huge subject. And I am very well informed of the fact that the curriculum doesn’t begin with an introduction to Kama Sutra or the likes, as the admirable Patricia Evangelista so eloquently pointed out in her column. No. I think there is still that missing necessary piece of introductory course that is not yet taken and therefore must come first before Teacher Mel talk about the bees and the flowers in her class, if you know what I mean.

It is the handling of people at home regarding sex matters that bother me more. I think it’s about time we abandon the speaking in elaborately formulated metaphors or worse tight lipped approach in dealing with sex. We must begin admitting the fact that in the midst of all these modernization is a sub-urb family that shuns away talks when it reaches the topic of sex. It’s about time for sex to be a topic at every home. It’s about time we confront sex heads up (no pun intended).

Parents, or should we say people at home, should be the one to be educated first in matters of subjects adjacent to sex itself. You cannot expect children to grasp everything at school without the back support of their respective guardians. Education begins at home, and if those at home (the elders) will continue to view sex as a mere perversion, then there’s the problem where people in it should be the one to be informed first.

It’s so ironic how the same prudish country that colonized us for 300 years has moved forward from their tight Victorian Era yet we remained stagnant in this way of thinking they brought us.  Sex is as natural as having the desire to sleep. Sex is everywhere. Our dances, novels, even children stories, TV Ads and even the Bible itself. It is our way of understanding and viewing it that must be reformed. That way, we can be responsible enough to teach this young generation of matters about sex without turning all red-faced or portraying it as something disgusting or worse demonic.

If only Jen wasn’t burned by her curiosity. If only there are open minded people that could’ve explained sex to her in a way that she can weigh for herself both ends of spectrum, she might be enjoying herself in a classroom right now being fed with information, instead remaining unknowing, not sure what to tell when the time comes that her daughter get curious on the same subject she’s once curious about.

7 reaction(s):

Guyrony said...

I agree with you, our first teachers are really our parents/guardians and if they still think otherwise about sex, we will never move forward about this perception.

Although on a point of disagreement, if parents/guardians are still narrow-minded or staying hush about the whole thing then why not give the credit to the teachers?

But, hehe, topics on sex education should be handled with care and decency.

Let the Vagina Dialogs begin!

Mu[g]en said...

Sus. Grade Six pa lang ako, alam ko na ibig sabihin ng kantot.

And all boys in our class too!

JR said...

ay di ako marunong ng sex sex na yan...wala pa sa isip ko yan! pwede turuan mo ako? wahahaha..

arkin said...

send them parents to school. gosh, i think the kids are ready, but moms and dads are forever narrow-minded.

SOLTERO said...

i am all for sex education, but not til high school. imo, it's too early to teach that subject matter to grade schoolers.

and yeah, it should be the parents/guardians who should take that responsibility, but how would we expect parents of poor families to do such? apathy, lack of knowledge and ignorance are the roadblocks.

dabo (or david) said...

this entry is good. so how are we going to plan getting our parents back to school for reproductive health education?

shenanigans said...

i strongly agree! masyado kasing makaluma ang pag-iisip ng mga pilipino. makaluma at literal.


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