The side of the arguement that is PRO sex-ed, however, has a very different view to yours.
For example, in one of the african counties, their prime minister publically told the people that a hot shower after sex will prevent HIV. In this country you hear things such as withdrawing before 'finishing' can prevent pregnancy, you can't get pregnant on your first time, you can gets AIDS via oral sex etc etc. From listening about sex from unreliable and unregulated sources (i.e. parents, friends, internet etc) there is no way of knowing if what you are reading/hearing is true. However, via the school system, the information they give is fair and correct. They teach you the truth about the dangers associated with unprotected sex, how to notice if you may have caught something, how to prevent pregnancy etc
Just becuse someone is TAUGHT about an act, that certainly doesn't mean it's "asking for trouble". In High School, we had to take up an independant study project regarding any aspect of WW2 we desired. I personally did an in-depth project regarding weaponry used in WW2, including how certain weapons were constructed. This didn't mean I was then spurred into wanting to MAKE these things, or kill anyone.
Sex is all over the TV and movies today. If people were to learn from that, there would be problems. How often in tv/movie sex scenes do you see anyone mention or show the use of contraceptives? Practically never.
The proof of the good that sex ed does is already in the world. Countries in Africa, with little/no/incorrect information being taught about sex and the dangers has the highest rates of STDs and STD related deaths in the world. They still believe things such as "showering prevents HIV" and "The Virgin Cure" (having sex with virgins can cure STI's... which has led to increase child rape in some countries).
There is no doubt whatsoever in my mind that Sex Ed most certainly SHOULD be taught. The question for me is what's the correct age to receive it.
Thank you for being brave enough to post a view so dynamically opposite those of most of the comments already posted. Feel free to argue back to any of my points ^_^
From what I've seen so far... Almost everyone I know (Or knew) who has learned this has tried this for themselves.
I know it's flooded almost every kind of media there is, but it doesn't give you an in depth explaination like the teachers do... (That's just from my point of view. Maybe I'm missing something because I don't watch the "right" television programs... But I'm really glad I haven't!)
The correct age? After reading your reply, it should be taught a few weeks before graduation... (But that's only if I had to decide what age would be appropriate.)
Maybe it should just be optional... Or maybe the parents should decide whether or not they want their children to learn that kind of thing.
But... Maybe I'm just being paranoid AGAIN because of something that happened on a bus last year at a school I might go to next year.
I have a feeling I just lost this argument. But I was glad to contribute! Thank you for replying! (Even if My argument was a little weak. And still is. )
My views might change on this when I'm older. (I'm only thirteen, so I don't really have a broad perspective on everything... But I guess it all depends on experience.)
Sex Education is already optional, or at least it is in the UK.
Also, to say that everyone who has had Sex Ed has then gone and had sex soon after is somewhat biased. I know a lot of people who had the lessons between the ages of 10 and 13, and didn't have sex until they were 16+. Perhaps you just live in a 'bad' area in regards to this matter.
Thanks for posting though! And you're right. It's likely that your views will change with time and life experience. I know for a fact that my views on sex and age of consent changed drastically during my teenage years.
lets see... *thinks some* we started learning about sex ed in 5th grade here in the U.S.
then i think later on each year towards the end of 6th - 12th they still taught it. which i think was stupid and a waste of time. the only reason why it made since in high school was because we were learning Human Anatomy and all of the systems of the body, etc. so in all truth im unsure about it. i think 5th grade might be too young.
im not sure i started sex ed when i was in years 5/6 and that was at school, but my mum had already given me "the talk" when i was 8 in schools i think it depends how much you actually trust the teacher or the school, i mean, who wants a creepy perverted guy teaching that???
Luckily (in the UK at least) they are now very good at criminal checking teachers, thus lowering any danger they could be in. Allowing parents a say on "who should teach sex ed" can lead to discrimination. For example, a certain teacher may seem odd, but may be a perfectly qualified and effective teacher. If they have the skills, and have no criminal record to speak of, they you can't base it just on your personal opinion of how much you trust them. That's almost taking a "guilty until proven innocent" stance.
In other countries, I'm not sure if they are so strict at checking their teachers backgrounds or not, so I can't speak for them.
I remember when I was in 4th grade, and I thought, "What the hell is this guy talking about!?" But, Girls mature faster than girls, and some boys mature fast to. I think they should have a program that has kids come after school or something, or a program that is there for curious kids. God knows theres those "OH MY GOD, I DONT WANT MY CHILD LEARNING THIS!" parents out there. When I was about 11 or 12, in 6th grade, I remember there was this girl in my classes, and Sex ED class who got taken out by her parents, because they thought it was UNHOLY.
Now there's a couple things I'm curious about. First of all, what do you mean by certain agencies aiming too young? Also, what is being considered the age of consent.
In any case, I believe that it's best to start sex education at a young age, certainly before high school or before they get incorrect information from peers. I think the best system I saw/heard of was basic sexual anatomy in elementary school, and working up to contraception sometime around junior high. This way, the students got the information (hopefully) before they needed to use it, but not before they could comprehend what was being taught.
I don't believe in any way that giving kids information will make them more promiscuous. Honestly, I think teaching kids about their bodies when they're young steers them away from being ashamed of their bodies or sexuality.