A Parent’s View About Sex Education in Schools

The issue of sex education in school remains controversial because of the criticisms both from political and religious groups who claim that sex education is against “Catholicism”. These groups may not understand that in sex education it is the biology, the consequences of teenage marriage, unwanted pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases and the likes, are what being discussed and not the “act” per se.

I remember we had Population Education when I was in junior high…that was 1987 if I remember it right . Indeed, it was very educational. It didn’t give me curiosity or the urge, but instead it helped me develop self-respect and moral responsibility. I got married a little late (28 years old) and all of my siblings got married on their mid-twenties because of sex education both from school (only me) and my Mom. Mom is liberal minded and she answered all the things we wanted to know about sexuality. It helped us to be prepared physiologically, psychologically and sociologically thus no teenage marriage and unwanted pregnancies in the family.

I am Catholic since birth but I don’t see any reason why sex education should not be implemented in schools. As a parent, I am pro to sex education but still it would depend on the child’s age. I am not in favor for it to be integrated in elementary subjects like what Department of Education has been strongly pushing before as it will take away the children’s innocence. So when I learned that sex education was finally integrated to high school curriculum in the country, I was one of those happy parents.

Still, sex education should not be left alone in school. As parents we should work hand in hand with the school to bridge the gap on sex education by being prepared to our children’s questions about sexuality and by feeding them accurate answers.