Opinion: Is there enough education in Sexual Education?


Illustration by: Acacia Harrell

Sarah Clench and Acacia Harrell

If students were asked about their experiences in fifth grade, chances are most of them would remember the monumental day when they watched ‘the video’ and learned about sex.

In order for students to even watch the video, their parents had to sign a paper permitting them to participate in the lesson.

Then, elementary school teachers most likely separated boys and girls into different classrooms where they crammed topics such as puberty, childbirth, menstruation, erections and a number of other sex related topics into one short lesson.

I do not know about other students, but that was one of the most uncomfortable days of my entire childhood. The lesson itself consisted of uncomfortable teachers and young children making jokes about serious topics.

Illustration by: Acacia Harrell

Despite teachers’ efforts to control a room full of immature fifth graders, the lesson was too rushed and awkward. As I look back at that moment now, I wonder why teachers wouldn’t take more time to educate students about these topics, as they play a role in every students’ life.

Aside from fifth grade, teachers briefly review the topics in seventh grade and barely touch on them again in students’ freshman health class, but is that really enough?

According to the results from the annual Sex and Dating Survey, 26.19 percent of students said they obtained their education in regards to sex and dating from the internet.

In my opinion, it seems much healthier and more reliable to receive this information from school rather than the internet, because nowadays a lot of unreliable information can be spread through the internet.

All in all, something needs to change. The school system needs to find a way to teach these important subjects periodically throughout students’ schooling, without making them such an uncomfortable topic of discussion.