Public Health Advocate For Sexual Education

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Mary Calderone, a physician and public health advocate for sexual education, said, “Before the child ever gets to school it will have received crucial, almost irrevocable sex education and this will have been taught by the parents, who are not aware of what they are doing.” Under our interpretation, this means that children, even if their parents are wrong or even unaware of what they are doing, will default to what was taught to them by their parents. As a result, it would be a costly, in regards to time, mistake to leave the teaching of sexual education in the hands of school officials. That being said, Parents and guardians should be the primary sexual educator(s) of their children.
Parents or guardians feel that their children will be embarrassed and uncomfortable discussing this is a class room setting. According to ““Stop embarrassing me!” Relations Among Student Perceptions of Teachers, Classroom Goals, and Maladaptive Behaviors,” by Jeanne Friedels, Roxana Marachi, and Carol Midgely, students actively avoid asking questions that they feel would demonstrate a lack of knowledge or ability, and as a result leave them embarrassed. That being said, by having parents as the children’s primary sexual educator, the embarrassment factor is removed by allowing the children to receive the information in an environment free of judgement and from a trusted family member. Sexual education taught by an educator could lead kids to become curious and want to experiment what they are
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