Earlier this year, I had opted my son out of a sex ed class that they were having in his high school. Given his disability and current mental age, I didn’t feel that such a class was necessary. Plus, this is something that he and I discuss at home, more and more as he gets older. So he didn’t attend the class.
Fast forward a few months to this week…
During a meeting with his teachers, I was handed the lesson material that was used in that class, the same handbook that was given to the children. I opened it up when I got home, and my eyes got as big as golf balls as my jaw hit the floor.
It was by far the most pornographic thing I had seen in years. Typically a person would have to go to the adult section of a bookstore to find such information and photos. Everything was shown in detail. From positions to various alternatives, straight couples to homosexual couples – everything and I mean everything was in that handbook.
I’m not naive. I was young once too, and I know that teens have sex. Abstinence is a foreign concept for most kids these days. Therefore, teaching them about sex, safety, and STDs is important, very important. (It should be taught at home though, but many parents don’t, so schools have to.) I was taught sex ed in school, but what was given to us was closer to a PG-13 level, not XXX.
So where do you draw the line? Do kids really need such pornographic photos with anatomically correct people, showing them precisely what to do? And I am precisely what to do. This may be passed out as a ‘sexual education book’, but in reality it’s nothing less than porn.
I can’t imagine any kid leaving that class, without wanting to take the first opportunity they get to try some of the things that they just learned from that handbook. The fact that teachers are the ones who are teaching them this, is disgusting and highly disturbing.
As someone said, “That’s the same as teachers handing students porn. That should be illegal.” I agree. To teach is one thing, but to expose them to such graphic material is entirely different.
What do you think? Should sex ed be taught in schools? At what age? And if so, where should the line be drawn?
How would you feel if your kid brought home a handbook from school, full of pornographic images?