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What if it was mandatory for school schools to enforce sexual education beginning from a young age (perhaps grade 5), and updated consistently throughout middle school and high school?

Students have admitted that, if they don't get the facts from school, they will look to other sources such as pornography - and even the popular Yahoo Answers (where people are NOT certified to give advice about sexual health, even if some of their answers may be true.)

I would love to hear about what kind of information people have been taught from their parents and school.

So, how young is too young? And what should be included in sexual education? How often should it be enforced (i.e. consecutively, in a special class)? What should parents be responsible for? What do you think about sexual education in general?

Do you think that teachers at your school should inform you about sex, or do you think the school should hire professionals to educate?

(Heather - regarding my comment about "hormones, menstruation and ejaculation - I was merely talking about my experience of Canadian sex ed...and I forgot to mention that that was what we were taught in grade 5. We weren't taught about STIs and relationships at 9-10.)

[ 03-28-2009, 05:32 PM: Message edited by: kamille ]

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(Just one thing to make clear, which is that parents give their children ALL kinds of information about sex from pretty much minute one, even if they don't mean to or think of those messages as sex education: information and messages we get about all of our bodies, our sexual anatomy, about gender and orientation, about how to manage relationships and more are all -- even if they're not just sex ed -- sex education.

So, when we're talking about when to start, just be aware that sex education is usually about much more than sexual partnership, and even more than about menstruation and ejaculation.)

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