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Comprehensive Gender Education, good or bad?

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Written by   47
9 months ago
Topics: Student

This topic has become one of the most debatable one because a lot of parents are against that this will be taught or this will become a subject when the students reach Junior High. I myself as a student is in favor of it though I don't really know for sure if my classmates are okay with it too or will they find it very awkward to discuss these things within the four walls of our classroom, though we are still having an online class for the meantime. Another factor is the Philippine culture, we have a very conservative culture reasons why parents find it a bit off to be taught at an early age.

Why is it important?

Teenage pregnancies, sexual orientation, HIV or AIDS transmission, sexual abuse, gender relation, contraception. These are just some of the things that covers up Comprehensive Gender Education. While most people believe that CGE encourages youth to have sex, believe it or not, researches clearly demonstrates that CGE programs helps young people specifically adolescents to delay sexual initiation and use of contraception at higher rates. Nowadays, with rapid growth of information, sex information can be found everywhere, the more reasons for the children and adolescent to be curious as to what lies beyond the word "sex". The only way we could help the youth when it comes to their sexuality is to introduce them with the thing, facts, dos and don'ts that they'll be facing sooner or later. That's why Comprehensive Gender Education should be taught as a separate subject in Junior High School. CGE covers a lot of things related to your body, it provides information and knowledge in understanding sexual desires, sexual orientation, sexuality, puberty and skills to take care of your sexual health and to make responsible decisions about your relationships to become healthy sexual beings. Sexuality Education helps in preventing the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, as well as reduces unwanted pregnancies and unsafe abortions, which has been an issue for a long time and gets higher every year. Through CGE being implemented in schools, adolescents would be able to acquire consistent knowledge and information to assist themselves when the time comes that they'd be sexually active. It also helps young people develop communication, assertiveness, and peer-refusal skills so they are prepared to create reciprocal, caring, and mutually satisfying intimacies and relationships when they are adults.

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Sex has become a sensitive topic for a very long time. Some parents may feel uncomfortable and may find it hard talking and making their children understand what it really means. First thing is, the right terminology for their children's genitals. In most cases, parents tend to avoid using the right names for their children's intimate parts, their reason is they're too young for it to be aware and to also maintain their child's innocence. Knowing the right terminology may make children less vulnerable to sexual abuse, inappropriate touching and the such. This will also help children develop a healthy, more positive body image, instead if using nicknames that their genitals are something shameful or bad. So if parents failed to inform their children regarding things related to the word sex the CGE subject could provide for it. Second thing is awareness. There are lots of sex information throughout the internet, magazines, newspapers, literally everywhere, one thing for sure is that not all them provides the right accurate information, so it is best advise to implement CGE as an alternative Subject so that students wouldn't have to browse through false informations that they may lead to more misunderstandings. Third is to explore, being clueless with how your body work is hard, with sex education you'd be able to know every bits of knowledge and how to take care or what you should do when this happens or when you want something to happen, this includes protection, safety, awareness.

CLOSING THOUGHTS:

In my opinion, Comprehensive Gender Education should be taught as a separate subject in Junior High School. By allowing it to be one, this would lower the chances of teenagers getting engaged with sexual activities and illness transmissions. These are just few of all the things related with sexual education that should be taught in schools. This will serve as a guide for the youth to make better choices when it comes to sex. If this will get implemented, aside from the knowledge and information it'll provide, this might also be one of the solutions to just simply lessen the burden both children and adolescents are experiencing due to the lack of knowledge regarding the word sex.

PS: Hi friends thank you for reading, I would appreciate if you can add more thoughts regarding this topic. Thank you so much.

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Para sa akin tama lang na bigyang pansin ang pag-aaral sa sex education. Ito ay makakatulong sa mga kabataan na maging maingat at para hindi rin sila maabuso ng ibang tao.

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8 months ago

I do not care what others say or think but Sex education is very important to kids at right ages to avoid all the problems you have clearly mentioned in this post. After something bad happens like, STDs, kids often wonder "I wish somebody told me"... that has to be done before them making mistakes.. I'm a pro supporter.. one problem is that this also makes kids focus more on exploring the content they have just learned and might go in a wrong path, However, every type of education has it's wrong path, like in Science, the Theory of relativity is used to make Nuclear bombs but it is NOT why that theory was invented...

It is the same way, even though education was invented to give awareness, parents and teachers need to have an eye on kids to not go into a wrong path :) very very good post

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9 months ago

Yes I agree with you on that, that if this will get implemented, parents should at least also be very observant with their kids and supportive and ever ready to listen and answer to their kids every questions regarding sex education.

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