Ever Since, the educational institutions were implemented, then started the controversies of sex education and this has always been a debate topic among families and even religious communities. It is trusted that incidents of school-age youngsters taking part in sexual practices are expanding, as the media constantly reports that the times of these youngsters are diminishing. Rivals to sex education feel that the courses themselves enable this pattern. The truth, in any case, is extraordinary: contemplates made by the Center of Disease Control in the 1990s, for instance, uncover that less young people are engaging in sexual relations than in earlier years (Males 90), and this is likely because of the impact of sex education itself. Moreover, in this era were HIV, Syphilis, Hepatitis, etc. as we learned in this course. remains a risky component, it is essential to teach the students about the genuine dangers to wellbeing and life posed by unprotected sexual behaviors.
In the recent times, changes to Sexual Education Curriculum became a huge discussion topic among most of us. As we say every coin has two sides, there were people who supported the new change and this new thought whereas, on the other hand the new curriculum was considered as a set of new rules that didn’t not meet any religious values or morals. It has been 17 years that the sex education curriculum in Ontario has changed and hence there were not much guidance given to the teachers regarding what must be taught from then. The main concern regarding the implementation of the new curriculum was that the children had to learn age-inappropriate topics like masturbation at an early grade. Even though the parental protests continued to grow Kathleen Wynne ignored their voices to bring out the new changes in the sex education systems.
As we dig deep in to this discussion, we understand that implementing this new curriculum has both cons and pros on the students.
Sex education is educating the children about sexuality, sexually transmitting diseases, contraceptive methods and molding the children with the moral values of respecting an individual’s feelings and their gender.
· In today’s world we have access to all information’s at our fingertips and hence children who have queries or concerns regarding the sexual topics go behind the internet websites or pornography that may sometimes leave them with a wrong information, and it is truly because of the discomfort of the parents to discuss these topics among children that drives them to other medias.
· Prevention is always better than cure and hence it is very important to educate and create an awareness among the children about the child sexual abuse and to differentiate between a good touch and a bad touch way before they get into such situations.
· It is very important that we promote sex education at school levels in order to reduce the number of teenage pregnancies and also lessening the increase in STD that the children may not be aware of but in reality when parents and religious communities raise their voice against the change of the curriculum they forget to understand the fact that the TV shows or movies that their children watch even though limits the underaged children from watching these heavily portrayed sex scenes these demonstrations are still accessible to those elderly teenagers and this may leave a footprint in their minds that these are casual and harmless.
· If sexual education is provided at the early stages of schooling it might let the children grow with a respect and show equality among all genders. As children are more curious to know about the opposite gender, enhancing sexual education can help them understand the changes that they may see at their different phases of ages and to reduce the desires of exploring the changes in opposite gender.
· It is an understood fact that the teenagers of this new generation have turn sexually active and hence sexual education can help them understand the sex abstinence at an early stage.
· Firstly, the new curriculum includes the changes in the teaching pattern from grade 1, keeping this in mind it is too much for a grade 1 student to study the clinical terms of the body parts, when asked it was told by the authorities that this was included so that the children could communicate in case of any needs.
· Usually, teachers who are appointed to teach these sex topics either have vague ideas about the topics or they might not be very comfortable in giving out the speech in front of a class as they might not be used to this new way of teaching.
· In Christianity, were self sex or self-pleasure is considered as a sin, we teach the students of grade 6 about masturbating to explore one’s body parts. These thoughts are wildly against the moral values of the religion. And also having sex with a same gender may be considered as a broad thinking of respecting an individual’s feeling, but the religion we believe in teaches us that having sex with the same person is a sin and it’s a fault when viewed spiritually. So these 2 different thoughts may leave the children in the confusions make the right choice which may even end up losing the religious faith or values.
· If not taught properly students may end up in loosing the interest in learning these topics as by how by subject matters its always exciting for the students and they might still be subject to embarrassment.
As discussed and noted above regarding the cons of this topic it is completely understandable why parents and religious communities are raising their voice against this new curriculum but opponents to sex education must accept the fact that the unprotected sex could lead to dangerous illness and hence it is very important that we start educating the students from the schools and make them aware of the after effects engaging in unprotected sexual activities. Parents could also meet up with the teachers handling these topics to understand the content that they are covering and hence trying to get rid of the discomfort that they may have in discussing the sex topics with their children at home. So, guidance from both home and school would bring out a better output from the students and this would help in decreasing the number parents who might be opposing new sex education system curriculum. Last but not lease, I completely accept the fact that the children must be educated about these topics, but we also need consider the age of a student. So, my only suggestions to the concerned authorities would be to educate and bring an awareness among the students by designing the curriculum in such a way that children at grade 1, 2 or 3 are been taught not too much for their age but things that they definitely need to be aware of.