If You Were Asked To Teach A Sex Education Class.....

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If You Were Asked To Teach A Sex Education Class.....

js250 js250
Hypothetically--You are asked to teach one sex education class at a high school. The class is one evening/day and is 3 hours long. There are no rules--but it has to be educational, informative and pertaining to sexual education.

--What would you teach as your class lessons?
--Would you have any visuals? What would they be?
--What are the key points you want to get across to the students?
05/29/2013
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Ryuson Ryuson
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Originally posted by js250
Hypothetically--You are asked to teach one sex education class at a high school. The class is one evening/day and is 3 hours long. There are no rules--but it has to be educational, informative and pertaining to sexual education.

--What would ...
I think that it would depend on what other sex ed classes they'd had! If it was like my public school program, Elementary school teaches basic anatomy, Middle school teaches 'what urges are and what's happening to my body WTF' classes, and High School deals with actually... Having sex.

I think that it would be important to focus like 50% on the physical stuff and 50% on the emotional stuff. While getting herpes and accidental pregnancies are awful, emotional repercussions can be just as damaging... And my high school health class really didn't talk about that.

I think it's important to at least introduce to kids the idea that sex is something you need to trust people with, how it releases hormones that form emotional bonds between the two people, and how that can really suck if you get attached to someone who just hurts you. It's also important to discuss what rape is (that it can happen in a relationship!) and that you are not obligated to ever have sex with anyone you don't want to, no matter the circumstances.

I actually think that it would be cool to have a visual aid of all of the different contraceptive types.
05/29/2013
Ciao. Ciao.
I would be flattered, and think it could be a really cool opportunity (not that this would happen)!

I completely agree with @Ryuson about the value in talking about healthy relationships as well as just sex education.

My message in brief would be that sex can be an awesome thing but that it needs to be done with communication, consent, and consideration (for yourself and your partner(s)). I'd talk about the many variations of gender, sex, and sexual orientation and generally cover some of the wide ways in which people find pleasure with themselves and eachother. I'd talk about masturbation (male and female. I would spend a great deal of time talking about consent and communication with your partner about sex (I don't think this was really covered at all in high school for me). And then I'd focus on sex safety some as well, not just contraceptive options, but the risk involved in various sex acts and how to mitigate that risk.

Most of all I would make sure there was plenty of room both publicly/anonymously in class, and privately afterwards for anyone to ask questions.

I'd make sure to have plenty of visuals and handouts, lots of "to find more info go here" kind of links, as well as key numbers to hotlines, clinics, and other things that might be handy for high school teens to have whether or not they are sexually active.

I feel like I had a pretty decent sex ed course in high school, we didn't have a half-baked abstinence only program, but still I can't credit it with being super helpful beyond the basics.
05/29/2013
Lildrummrgurl7 Lildrummrgurl7
Ha! I've actually taught sex ed classes in high schools through my position at Planned Parenthood. I was asked to just cover contraceptive options (for which I did bring visuals) and STI's. I was also trained to discuss sexuality, body image, and healthy relationships.
05/29/2013
Mwar Mwar
I would teach my students not to trust what I or anyone says at face value. I would encourage them to challenge the claims I make with reliable evidence they find. I would teach using direct and multiple sources.
05/29/2013
KinkyKatieJames KinkyKatieJames
I would pretty much do the opposite of what I was taught. My school waited until 12th grade to have sex ed! They only preached abstinence and failed to give much information at all.

It went from don't have sex to here's a video of a woman giving birth. The idea was to scare us and it was just pathetic. By senior year of HS, most of the kids were not virgins anymore. My friends knew hardly anything about contraceptives (just the very basics of condoms and pills, if that) and had such little knowledge of STDs and STIs.

Soooo, yeah, I'd keep my own class informative and down to earth.
05/30/2013
TJtheMadHatter TJtheMadHatter
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Originally posted by js250
Hypothetically--You are asked to teach one sex education class at a high school. The class is one evening/day and is 3 hours long. There are no rules--but it has to be educational, informative and pertaining to sexual education.

--What would ...
When I was in high school I was a part of a program called "AIR" (AIDS Is Real). We went to sex ed classes and taught about AIDS and HIV. And, I was in another program called "Dads Make A Difference". We taught boys the role they'd play if they got a girl pregnant. We went over financials, paternity, child care. We went over safe sex and all of that. It was a short lived program, but there you go.

If I were to teach another class, it would be geared towards the importance of self pleasure and learning what makes our body ticks. There would definitely be some horror stories about STD's and STV's. The importance of waiting. Being ready to take the sexual step, and how important it is to abstain until you're mentally ready. That it's not about what your friends think. The basics. I think at this point statistics are the only thing that somewhat get through to kids. For the most part, as soon as you stand up there, they stop listening.
05/30/2013
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