According to Planned Parenthood, many sex educators are ever anxious or more tentative to tackle the broad topics of sexual health, sex itself and sexuality in general. The article puts it clear that the reason behind this is the fact that many of the educators are not sure about where to start individually and others are utterly confused on when to put across the topics and how to do it. When it comes to the youth especially those in the brackets of 21 to 35 years old, as a sex educator you should always get right about these topics in your brief interaction. The reason behind this is because they are occupied with a lot of things in their age and leave you without a promise of a next session follow up to check on their progress after the first lesson (Abel 112).
During the interview, I encountered a young high school teacher. He confirmed to me in the interview that he had experienced sexual education before in his career (Kohler 347). In this case, I found him suitable for the discussion. In his experience, he opened to me that he had experienced difficulties in teaching the sex topics to his students and he too was a stumbling block to anyone who was willing to teach him sexual topics. He said that as a youth they are ever occupied and do not feel any comfortable discussing any of the sex, sexual, and sexual health issues (Abel 108). In his area of work, he said that most of his colleagues are youths and find it tough to discuss and also teach these topics.
According to parenthood; sexual health article, more efficient sexual education is a significant boost to positive health impacts in general. Some of the questions that the report outlines as desperate for the youth include, delaying of the initiation of sexual intercourse, number of partners the young people are open to interacting with and unprotected sex (Kohler 350). According to the teacher, he confirmed to me that these was very true. He said that the youth find it convenient and unique to keep their sexual lives secret from any sexual educator and among them also (Measure 163).
About his experienced with the older colleagues he shockingly confirmed that they do not see any importance of teaching them the sexual topics and others go to the extent of addressing the benefits of teaching the use of condoms and contraceptives as prohibited. He, however, outlined to me about the importance of sex education in his workplace (Abel 119). First, he told me that sex education should me keenly looked at since it helps the youth just like him to know themselves, families and their community values. In this case, the sex education helps them develop communication skills, the essence of refusal and the power of negotiation.
He outlined that when sexual education inadequately provided to everyone especially in his workplace, more accurate medical information is a guarantee. The accurate medical information will include abstinence, the use of contraceptives which includes condoms (Kohler 344). According to him, the sex education will help him, and his colleagues develop strategic goals that assist in kicking out the menace of HIV, the many STIs and early and unwanted pregnancies among the youth. As for the growth of their relationship in the workplace, the sex education will help in addressing the many psychological risks and other behaviors that are related to these targeted risks (Measure 155). His colleagues also were up to the task, and he said that they valued sex education no matter how hard it was for the to get involved since to them sex education helped them respect their respective communities and become more involved in their community needs.
When asked about the measures that should be taken to make sex education more efficient, he had a lot to say. First and foremost, he suggested that the government should support the comprehensive sexual education (Abel 106). They should do so in the public grounds which include public schools, hospitals, jails and any other governmental ground. He said that the government should fund the comprehensive sex education and campaign for the promotion of sex education lessons regardless of the ages involved. He stated that everyone should be bold when it comes to tackling sexual education and they should share their views with everyone around them.
Thirdly, parents should be more supportive back at homes and among themselves. They should talk about any sexual topic openly regardless of the age of his or her child so as the little ones may grow in the light about the issue. As a school, he said that they had taken a different direction when it comes to original discussion (Kohler 348). He stated that they have set aside a program every Friday whereby they are free to talk with them and also involve other schools and their students. In this program those who are not comfortable to speak about the issues publicly, there are set tools for them like the confidential suggestion box where they can share freely about the discussions. Those who have come out openly have been given the role of leaders and are stepping up in spreading the importance of sex education. The school’s administration has also bought books and magazines that are available in the school’s library which is a step to promote sex education to everyone in the institution.
In my observations, sexual education is a very sensitive area because no one is always that free to talk about their sexuality to anyone. I observed that educators lack the complete support from every corner even their confidence. For a school like this, the teachers can be responsible for building a strong connection between them and the students by taking a lot of time to analyze their point of view and the feedbacks they provide.
In conclusion, every sex educator should step up in his or her programs by approaching them with a lot of curiosity. They should evaluate their activities correctly since there are a lot of discoveries in the field of sexual education. The sex educators should at this moment focus on the students learning intentions and rely on his activities to help him in achieving the desires of the students. It was a pity to hear that people especially the youths are shy and are never ready to talk about any sexual topic. It should not happen at all. Everyone should step up and manage his or her time no matter how occupied they are, and create time for sexual education and interactions. When the students are helped in the right way, they can relate the sexual teaching and discussions to the real life situations and apply them correctly.
Measor*, Lynda. “Young people’s views of sex education: gender, information and knowledge.” Sex Education 4.2 (2004): 153-166.
Kohler, Pamela K., Lisa E. Manhart, and William E. Lafferty. “Abstinence-only and comprehensive sex education and the initiation of sexual activity and teen pregnancy.” Journal of Adolescent Health 42.4 (2008): 344-351.
Abel, Gillian, and Lisa Fitzgerald. “‘When you come to it you feel like a dork asking a guy to put a condom on’: Is sex education addressing young people’s understandings of risk?.” Sex Education 6.02 (2006): 105-119.