Opinion: Sex-Ed is Needed in School
By Paige Swanson
I would like to voice my support of SB Unified's Sex Education Program for the junior high students in this community.
My understanding is there is a small, but very vocal group opposing this program and they are planning to protest it.
I also understand that parents who are against this program can simply decline it for their child.
I am upset that these people against it, are attempting to block it from MY child learning about sex in school! I WANT this program for my child.
I feel very strongly about this issue because what I see happening is Americans speak precious little to their children about sex, and school is the ONLY place MOST kids will get
"correct" information in an age appropriate way, from trained teachers.
Peggy Orenstein has two excellent books, Boys & Sex and Girls & Sex, where she talks about this very issue. She interviewed hundreds of teenagers about the current state of sex for American kids and the majority of parents are NOT talking to their pre-teen and teenage kids.
Kids are curious and smart, so they seek it out one way or another.
FACT: Kids today are getting Sex Ed from:
1. Peers (who are ill informed) and
2. The Internet, ie: Porn.
Right now in 2020, the average age for a child to see their first porn is 11! This isn't like finding a Playboy under the mattress. This is hardcore, gnarly stuff that is very easily accessed
and shared between our teens. I have heard a few disturbing stories lately from fellow moms. (involving kids as young as 9!)
Education is empowerment. I am the daughter of teen parents. My parents had my oldest sister at 16. (That is my son in two years. Kids having kids!)
I think when kids have correct information about sex (from trained teachers in an age appropriate way), they are more likely to make good decisions for themselves.
I don't want this small group to dictate and try to block something I want for my child. If they don't want it for their child, fine, they can decline it, BUT don't try and block it from the rest
What SB Unified is doing is correct and right... Educating our kids about this very important, natural part of life is the right thing to do.
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