A Matter of Awareness and Responsibility

“Well, I think that abstinence has its place as part of a comprehensive health and sex education curriculum. It would be wrong to exclude abstinence from a health curriculum, because there are some potentially very serious ramifications for early sexual activity.” -Kerry Healey

–AN EDITORIAL PAPER–

               People nowadays are alarmed by the issue about the involvement sex education in schools. From what I observed, many disagree that sex education should be taught in schools especially in elementary level. Isn’t it very alarming that most teenagers are entering the doors of parenthood at a young age? Everyone must be open minded to this issue and consider the benefits of this education to the youth. We must not tolerate young people who are engaging to sex at an early age rather educate them of the possible consequences that they may encounter. In this way, teenage pregnancy will be prevented and the knowledge of the youth about sex education will be of great help when they grow up.

               Educating young people in elementary must be reconsidered. To be able to correct misconceptions about sex education, people must be well-oriented and be knowledgeable of what this education is all about. Students must engage in seminars or orientation that deal with what sex education really is. It is not about teaching children how to sex rather raising awareness of the possibilities and consequences when engaging in such activity. It is a matter of awareness to the problems that needs full attention. It is a matter of responsibility to what ways and solutions these students must acquire in order to avoid these problems to happen.

               According to Arpita De of OnlyMyHealth team, sex education is a tool which “transforms children into responsible adults. It is a known fact that teenagers today turn sexually active, therefore, sex education can help them understand the benefit of abstinence in the early years or it can at least teach them how to be responsible sexually active people.” At a young age, they must be taught of what is right from wrong. Right? Then, why not teach the students in elementary the advantages and disadvantages of sex education?

               Are people aware of what this education’s primary focus? We must not hide behind the curtains, instead, remove the curtains that hides our open minds to the real world. Based from FindLaw, sex education has great advantages. The following benefits are: with problems, such as teenage pregnancies and transmission of STDs on the rise, it is only appropriate that sex education is made accessible in school so that the most number of children can be made aware; sex education in schools can help children understand the impact of sex in their lives. It dispels myths related to sex and broadens their horizon; it can also answer all the questions that they have regarding their changing body and hormonal surges; children are often inquisitive about the other gender. Sex education in school can help them understand the differences and keep the desire to explore things for themselves in check.

               However, there are also many counterclaims about the involvement of sex education in elementary level. People say that teachers who are given the task of teaching sex education to students are not experts and have vague ideas about sexual health themselves. This is even more harmful as incorrect information is extremely lethal as it can actually leave a wrong impression on the students. Children have an impressionable mind and incorrect information imparted at an early age can actually transform them into ignorant adults. In addition, students may feel discomfort/ embarrassment or excitement if teachings are not properly performed. They may also see the topic entertaining rather than a serious issue to ponder on. Children may engage in sex after teachings and may not abide to what their teachers have taught them.

               Aside from these reasons, the issue about religion enters. Sex education at school may be at odds with the religious ideologies. Unless these disparities are sorted out by someone, who is aware of the two ideologies, sex education at school can actually confuse the students more.

               Other reliable sources tend to show their support in the said issue. An article in the inquirer clearly states the reasons why sex education should be taught in schools. In a statement, Rosalie Masilang, DepEd Adolescent Reproductive Health focal person and supervising education program specialist, said teaching sex education in school was meant “to equip and empower learners in making informed choices and decisions on issues that affect their personal safety and well-being.” Masilang said sexuality education can be integrated in the curriculum either through natural or purposive means.  Natural integration means it would be taught as part of Science, Health, Araling Panlipunan (Social Studies) and Edukasyon sa Pagpapakatao (Values Education) subjects.  Purposive integration can be done through Mathematics and Language subjects. The DepEd official also added that teachers and guidance counselors teaching sexuality education were equipped with adequate knowledge and skills to competently handle the subject.

               The topic “Sex Education should be Included in Elementary Education” must be reconsidered and give thorough attention. It will help the children to be aware and responsible on themselves. Moreover, this education will truly help our country avoid certain illnesses. We must not enclose ourselves in a cage rather open our minds to a better life that awaits the children in the future

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