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Sex Education - November 17th 2010, 03:59 PM

What kind of sex education did you have? A girl who is in one of my college classes was shocked when I told her what was considered our sex education. My public school in the states did abstinence-only and I really don't know what the education was because I was sick that day. It consisted of pledge cards though. Then in high school, our health book made it a point to say sex was bad for teenagers in almost every chapter. Sex is bad for the skeletal system. Funny.

This is primarily for the US since I don't know if religious fundies have gotten their foot in the door in other countries.
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Re: Sex Education - November 17th 2010, 04:03 PM

we had how to use a condom, learned about STD's, pregnancy and basically "it's better not to have sex at your age but if you do make sure you're safe" lessons.

I'm glad the UK do this tbh :/ abstinence-only education scares me :/ It blatantly doesn't work.


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Re: Sex Education - November 17th 2010, 04:32 PM

My sex ed teacher, was probably the best.. Someone in my glass didn't know how to put on a condom, so the teacher went and got a hammer, and made him practice.. Also, we learned about teen pregnancy, STD's, dangers of having teen sex, all the different types of Birth Controls.



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Re: Sex Education - November 17th 2010, 04:39 PM

We learnt about STIs, how to put a condom on a cucumber aaand we watched a video of a woman giving birth.
   
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Re: Sex Education - November 17th 2010, 04:49 PM

Ireland is a religious country...so much so that abortion is still illegal, divorce only became legal just over fifteen years ago and homosexuality was considered a crime up until into my lifetime. But we still get good sex education. We got it in fifth and sixth class in primary school where we were simply taught about sex and puberty; what happens, the consequences, etc. We got it again at twelve in secondary school where we were able to ask any questions we liked and then again at sixten where we were shown different kinds of contraceptives, talked about options for crisis pregnancies, were given information on STI's. We were fairly well educated. Personally I think abstinence sex-education is very old fashioned and not effective.


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Re: Sex Education - November 17th 2010, 05:44 PM

We've only been taught abstinence. Granted, the course covers a lot more but we've had old fashioned Catholic teachers...
   
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Re: Sex Education - November 17th 2010, 05:50 PM

I went to Catholic school and they taught us abstinence only in sex ed.


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Re: Sex Education - November 17th 2010, 06:51 PM

I never had SexEd lol.
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Re: Sex Education - November 17th 2010, 09:04 PM

Don't have sex it's against God learn to control yourself.


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Re: Sex Education - November 17th 2010, 10:47 PM

Er, our sex ed teacher actually asked us teenagers if we knew good ways of pleasuring the opposite sex. He yelled at a guy for being selfish when someone replied with "dry humping." Pretty liberal school I went to. Our sexual health teacher also encouaraged us to check our other half's breasts and genitals for lumps to check for cancer.

And they wonder why the teenage pregnancy rate is at its highest in the EU where I live.




   
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Re: Sex Education - November 18th 2010, 12:13 AM

Actually, abstinence-only education has shown to have higher rates of teenage pregnancy. At least in America. We have people who think that condoms don't work at all or it's not worth spending the money because they have a high rate of failure.

A comment in another thread is partially why I am curious about what people are taught.

We did learn about puberty in sixth grade but nothing about STIs.
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Re: Sex Education - November 18th 2010, 08:42 AM

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We've only been taught abstinence. Granted, the course covers a lot more but we've had old fashioned Catholic teachers...
Really?? :O Were your teachers nuns or just Catholic teachers?? Even so I didn't think anywhere in Ireland was still just taught abstinence-only. What about in primary school??


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Re: Sex Education - November 18th 2010, 12:32 PM

In California public high schools, I think it's a requirement to take a one semester 'health' class freshman year, which pretty much covers all things health related. Good in theory, except I don't remember anything I learned in that class. I can't imagine being taught abstinence only. Thank god for google.



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Re: Sex Education - November 18th 2010, 12:43 PM

We were taught what we needed to know, I had good sex education.
   
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Re: Sex Education - November 18th 2010, 01:43 PM

Nurses and stuff in science clas , explainations of periods and the menstral cycle , diagrams AGH!




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Re: Sex Education - November 18th 2010, 03:45 PM

Haha. I honestly don't remember any form of sex education. Every time something came up that we were going to do with sex education, my mom told me that if i wanted to leave that I could. And one of my best friends at the time was a mormon, so she always left during the sex education things, and instead of sitting in class listening to the teacher talk, we both skipped out and went to the library and played games and such. Everything that I know is pretty much from common sense, tv, or the internet.




   
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