Sex education in the classroom
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- Teaching students about Sex Education is a step in the right direction
Sex Education is arguably one of the most difficult subjects to address in our society. The topic is often avoided by parents and teachers alike. When it becomes a necessity to discuss the topic, it is treated with caution and in effect, the students are less informed or misinformed on the subject. This week, we conducted a survey to find out if teaching students about sex and contraceptives would heighten their interest in the topic negatively. 50% of our respondents opined that teaching students about sex and contraceptives would not heighten their interest in the topic negatively, while 43% indicated otherwise. It is important to note that we live in a technological age where information could be gathered at the click of a button, therefore, it is imperative that we teach students about this topic so that they will have access to the right information they need in their teenage years. Shelving the topic may be detrimental in the long run as the curiosity of teenage students may be heightened negatively and they may fall victim to the plethora of unfiltered information concerning the topic.
- Boys are considered as having far less consequences when they are involved in teenage pregnancies
In our survey this week, we wanted to find out if boys suffered far less consequences as compared to girls when they are involved in teenage pregnancy. Most often, the girls bear the shame, the pregnancy, and even drop out of school completely in some cases. However, boys do not suffer the same fate. 94% of our respondents agreed that boys suffered less consequences as compared to the girls.
- Most teachers wouldn’t mind accommodating a pregnant student in their class
Over the years, some schools in the K-12 category have been making provisions to allow pregnant girl students in school. This initiative is geared towards sensitizing society on the need to avoid stigmatizing girls involved in teenage pregnancies, and also providing an avenue for these students to realize their dreams. When asked if teachers would feel okay to have a pregnant teen in their class, 54% of our respondents indicated that they would have no problem with it at all while 43% indicated that it might have a rather negative effect on the study environment of the classroom. It is refreshing to note that, a significant societal awareness exists on the need to include and make provisions for pregnant teenage girls to continue their studies.
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