Sex Education

 

SEX EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS

L V Nagarajan

 

 

1.0 Introduction

It is a good idea to educate the youth of this country on Sex, since it is one of the major aspects of life itself. It is quite dangerous in the present context to leave the youth to learn the aspects of sex on their own, from the society around them. Since such a type of responsible social set-up has long broken down, it is the duty of the society to find an alternative. High Schools are being considered as one of those places where such an education on sex could be imparted. In proceeding to provide such a system of sex education, a lot of thought should be given in commencing, maintaining and improving such a system. We should be careful about four major aspects of this education: they are a) the content, b) the candidate, c) the class and d) the counsellor. These aspects are individually discussed along with my suggestions.

 

 

2.0 The Content:

What should sex education consist of? We should take care to see that it does not become a substitute for pornography. Love and morality should be made the fabric on which the sex education will be scripted. Care should be taken to see that it does not kindle undue passions among the youth undergoing such education. It should respect the institution of marriage and should not encourage sub-normal and abnormal sexual behaviours, such as homo-sexuality. With the above consideration in mind I propose the following broad content to be included in the syllabus for sex education.

 

§         The biology of sex

Coming to age and maturity

Fertility and menstruation

Sperms and Eggs

Genetic aspects of pregnancy

 

§         The physiology of sex

Sexual organs

Sexual urge and union

Sexual Hygiene

The process of pregnancy

Sex determination

Period of pregnancy and child growth

Process of delivery

Lactation and feeding the child

 

§         The psychology of sex

Hormones

Sexual urge, love and lust

Male and female aspects of sex

Impotence, sterility and cure

Erectile Dis-function and Frigidity

Aphrodisiac

Enjoyment and satisfaction

 

§         Sex and moral values

Teenage and sexual care

Normal, subnormal and abnormal Sex

(eg. Man/woman, Self/Masturbation, Homo Sexual – respectively)

One Man / One woman concept

Avoiding homosexual behaviour

Sexual crimes

Sex and society – Ethics and Etiquettes

 

§         Sexual infections and deceases

Evils of promiscuity

Sex on sale

Sexually Transmitted Deceases

Safe sex

 

§         Conception and Contraception

Menstrual Cycle and pregnancy

Oral contraceptives

Day-after Pills

Abortion and health

Vasectomy and tubectomy

IUCDs

Condoms and femidoms

 

The contents of sex education as proposed above may be discussed by a panel of doctors, biologists and social scientists and a final list of contents may be evolved.

 

 

3.0 The Candidate

Normally whatever we learn, there is always an urge to put to practice what we have learnt. In many cultures including ours, premarital sex is not accepted. Hence sex education can only start at an age close to marriageable age. We should also allow our children to remain as children for as long a period of time as possible. In a highly populated and poor country like ours we wish to maintain a marriageable age of 18 years for girls and 21 years for boys. Considering these facts we may say, sex education may start only at the age of 15 for both boys and girls.

The content for sex education, proposed as above, has to be suitably divided into three modules and be prescribed for three years. Starting at a minimum age of 15, the students can complete the three modules at the age of 18. However the age, at which to start the sex education and when to take the successive courses, should be left to the decision of the parents. The classes should be separately held for boys and girls. The students should be monitored for proper understanding of the course material without any mental aberrations. 

 

 

4.0 The Class

Sex education classes should be held separately for boys and girls, at different places and at different times. This will ensure a higher acceptance from the parents of the boys and girls. These classes should be held in such a way that even non school-going children and drop-outs may attend and benefit. The children should be taught to use the books and course material discretely to avoid misuse by other children and other non students.   

  

 

5.0 The Counsellor

The counsellors (or teachers) for sex education should be selected with utmost care. We should have only male teachers for boys and female teachers for girls. The teachers should have impeccable moral values. They should generally be happily married persons. They should have undergone special training in sexology. They should be further trained by a panel of doctors, biologists, psychologists and social scientist on the contents of sex education as proposed above. 

 

6.0 Conclusion

In our country, i.e., India, with an ancient culture and a largely conservative population, we have to approach the subject of sex education with great care. The above are my suggestions which may be considered by all concerned. It may hopefully promote open discussions in public forum.

 

Nagarajan L V

 

 

 

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4 Responses to “Sex Education”

  1. gashoke Says:

    Sex education must start before high school!

    My reply:
    Thanks for your comment. Please see the reply to my next comment.
    Nagarajan
    https://lvnaga.wordpress.com/

  2. kansam Says:

    I saw a link to your site from a debate about “Abstinence-only” education in the US. While I think sex ed should be taught differently in each culture, I think one aspect of most sex ed programs in the US, that could be useful in India, is physical sexual development. This is usually taught around age 10-12, before students begin puberty, in order to explain the changes their bodies will be going through, including menstruation and hair growth. This is usually done with boys and girls seperately, and is mostly to reassure children that the changes they will be going through are normal and natural, and also to dispell common myths and rumors.

    My Reply:
    Nagarajan Says:

    September 14, 2008 at 10:57 pm edit

    Thank you for reading my blog and for your very good comment. I have included in the proposed syllabus for ‘Sex Education’, a section on physiology of sex. I have also suggested splitting the whole syllabus into atleast three capsules, to be taken at different levels of aging process of children. The first capsule containing the physical sexual development may be commenced earlier, as suggested by you. But my personal view is that these aspects of sexual development may be taught by parents, say, mother to daughter and father to son. May be parents may also need to be counselled on how to expose their children gardually to sexual aspect of life. Thanks again for your comment and look forward to your comments on my other blogs also.
    https://lvnaga.wordpress.com/
    Nagarajan

  3. Nagarajan Says:

    Thank you for reading my blog and for your very good comment. I have included in the proposed syllabus for ‘Sex Education’, a section on physiology of sex. I have also suggested splitting the whole syllabus into atleast three capsules, to be taken at different levels of aging process of children. The first capsule containing the physical sexual development may be commenced earlier, as suggested by you. But my personal view is that these aspects of sexual development may be taught by parents, say, mother to daughter and father to son. May be parents may also need to be counselled on how to expose their children gardually to sexual aspect of life. Thanks again for your comment and look forward to your comments on my other blogs also.
    https://lvnaga.wordpress.com/
    Nagarajan

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