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My name is Spencer. I'm 23 years old, and I'm a junior at Princeton. So far college has taken me five years. I've taken time off to work, transferred to USC and come back, and learned a lot along the way.

I like to think about life and what I'm going to do with mine.

I've met a lot of people my age with the same sorts of thoughts so feel free to read, take surveys, and comment.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Sex Education: Do we need it?

No matter when you went to middle or high school, we all had it. And oh, how awful was that class. Well, besides the fact that you didn't need to pay any attention.

I had my first "official birds and bees" talk in elementary school. As a class, we separated by gender to learn about sex and sex education. At the time, seeing as we couldn't possibly be anything but immature at that age, we all laughed and giggled at the mentions of vagina and penis. How many of you still giggled?

Thinking about that class now, it's such a mystery why we even had it... What could a non-creepy adult possibly need to teach an elementary school child about sex. Firstly, we didn't actually learn anything useful (I mean, what could possibly be useful to a sixth grader). Secondly, everybody already knew that babies came from women and not storks in the clouds. Finally, if a child were already sexually active at the age of...what like 11 or 12, then there's a whole different set of things that need to be taught. (Keep in mind that I went to an elementary school in a nice neighborhood in the United States. I know there there are extremely sad situations of rape and other atrocities that occur all around the world, but for this post I'm talking about normal, middle of the road to upper class families and their children). All in all, this birds and bees talk was a huge waste of time. Although we were quite entertained.

Next came middle school... In eighth grade, I had a "human development" class. For all intents and purposes, it was a sex ed class. We learned how to put condoms on etc etc. However, looking back, it was just as much a waste of time as my sixth grade birds and bees talk. We spent an entire semester talking about really nothing. We didn't discuss important "human development" related subjects such as stress, dealing with stress, work habits, or even get very deep into sexual activity (no pun intended)... In fact, I just remember seeing a video of child birth (totally unnecessary) and watching the Seinfeld episode about masturbation, "The Contest."

At least, I personally did not learn anything from these classes that I didn't already know. Plus, there are so many resources on the internet (Urban DictionaryYouTube, even, yes parents, even porn and no teenagers, it is not a link etc) that to devote so much of students' time to such a subject is a waste. Not to mention that if you go to a private school, part of your parents' money pays for that waste of an hour or two each week.

Nevertheless, I do think that we still need to tell kids to use common sense and protection, but why make it drag out a whole semester? All we need is a half hour seminar every few months or so to remind and/or teach everyone about condoms and safe sex. All the rest, you can pretty much find out via the internet or by just hanging out with friends (that's how most of the kids I know learned about things). Plus, I don't think that anybody in my entire class paid any attention for the whole semester. Isn't it more productive to keep students' attention for a half hour or so rather than continuously telling them the same thing when they're not even listening?

Now, this wasn't supposed to just be a rant about why sex education in middle and high school is useless; I also have a suggestion. Why not get rid of sex education and replace it with something else? After all, the world is getting more and more digital, and younger and younger kids are using computers with each passing generation. I think that a much more valuable and potentially life saving subject is "Internet Safety." What to do, what not to do, how to identify virus emails etc, and most important, the fact that everything you ever post on the internet, stays on there forever. I'm sure some of you have heard about internet postings ruining young adults' lives or cyber bullying leading to suicide or even murder.

I'm planning on getting into much more detail about my Internet Safety class idea in further posts.

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