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Sex Education

November 6, 2009

sexeducation-300x219Last night I felt like I was back in 7th grade again.  There I was trying to not let that smirk cross my face as I watched a sex ed video for 5th graders.  My daughter is ten years old and the school is having a session for the 5th graders about puberty and all the somewhat embarrassing questions that come along with that stage in life.

I don’t remember being taught about sex in school until I was in 7th grade, but I distinctly remember being fully aware of what sexual intercourse was by 5th grade.  In fact I remember one of the stranger characters in my 5th grade class asking me to pass a note to a girl for him that said he wanted to “do it” with her.  That recollection alone, makes me feel pretty good about the program my daughter is attending.

Last night the school offered parents the opportunity to view the video the kids will be shown and hear the content of the lecture.  It sounded like a quality program and has already created an opportunity to discuss the topic at home.  Of course home is where I want my daughter to learn about sex, sexual intimacy, and healthy relationships, but a quality school program can be valuable.  Even starting in 5th grade.

I still think back on the video I was shown in 7th grade that generated my smirks of embarrassment.  In the video, the son goes to his father and asks about sex.  The father, obviously uncomfortable, replies, “Well, son, it’s like this, the guy has a bat and balls and the girl has the catchers mitt.”  That’s all I remember from that class other than the fact that the teacher went to Rice University and I thought that was a funny name for a college.  Now that I think about it, I vaguely remember her talking about how her body changed when she was pregnant, which was way beyond what I needed or wanted to know.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this sex ed program, but I came away feeling very good about it.  I am hopeful that it will continue to encourage conversation about sex and healthy relationships, but for the most part this will be my wife’s job for now.  However, my son is eight, so I don’t have much time to stall.

Have any good sex ed memories?  I hesitate to ask you to share, but… go ahead.


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