Sex Education For Teens – B6

Module 4: Sex Education For Teens – B6

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Apply what you have learned about adolescent physical, cognitive, and social development over the last week and a half to make recommendations that could improve sex education programs for teens.


Initial Post – Your post should contain these 2 elements:

  1. Make one recommendation for how sex education could be improved to better fit with what you know about teen physical, cognitive, or social development. If it helps you may discuss this in the context of downsides you see to the sex education you received in middle or high school (but this is entirely optional).
  2. Explain why this would be a good change to make. How will it benefit teenagers as they begin to explore their sexuality? Higher scores will be earned by posts the explicitly use module content to justify the recommendation being made.  DUE 3/18

Reply Posts – Respond to 2 different discussion threads, making sure to add to or further the discussion in some way. For example, you could ask a question about what a peer suggests. You could add evidence in support of or against their idea. You could expand on what they recommend. DUE 3/21

1) Gaylinde Griswold

I was homeschooled so I do not know much about sex education and how the program works. However, based on my reading, females are taught about their first period also known as menarche while males are not taught about spermarche, first ejaculation. During puberty, males tend to have an involuntary ejaculation which can cause confusion. To avoid this confusion, sex ed can include this topic without connecting it to sexual desire. Therefore the attitude towards this will be similar to that of menarche. Adding this conversation could allow males to feel more comfortable with themselves and to hold conversations about the reproductive system with their friends at a similar rate to girls.

To build off of this physical development, I have heard abstinence only is preached during sex ed. Therefore, people do not learn all of the options for safe sex due to abstinence being not the only view towards sex. There is a group of teenagers who engage in sexual activity at a young age especially females who begin puberty early which can be marked with having their first period. Due to this physical development in young people, my suggestion would be to include different types of birth controls and options such as abortion for females especially to reach those susceptible to early maturing.

This will benefit by potentially lowering the number of teen pregnancies and allow for females to fully cognitively and socially develop before taking on a responsibility like baring a child. This will also benefit cognitive development by making early maturity more normal resulting in less negative self-views raising self-esteem. Another benefit is that this would allow teens to explore their sexual desires more safely.


2) Tylor Page:-


Before I go deep into my response, I have a video from a YouTube channel called Jubilee that touches on this subject perfectly. I think it would be a great watch for anyone who may be interested: (Links to an external site.) 

A way to improve sex education is by beginning early in the stages where most teens are struggling to figure out what is happening with their bodies. I believe out of the three developments, I’d say that physical is the most convenient to look at since it touches on the subjects of the menarche, the spermarche, and puberty. Specifically, looking into the middle school age would be the best because that’s when hormones and body transitions occur the most. For both sexes, based on movies and other people’s perspectives, I’ve noticed that both sides are neglected in the education of sex. In gym or physical education in high school, we learn to put a condom on and about the risks of pregnancies but are not taught about the process of what both genders go through bod-wise and socially. Personally, I went to an all girl’s catholic middle school, and they only taught me about the pregnancy stages. I believe that both genders should be accommodated, meaning that schools should put them in classes where they teach about early maturation for females, primary sex characteristics, body sizes/shapes, and how puberty will be a rollercoaster (specifically in the later years of middle school before attending high school since -as said before- it’s the most transformative time). I believe that incorporating a sex education class in middle schools will do justice because parents do not teach their kids much about this stuff until their too old and are already (or possibly) having sec. Also, it would be helpful for teens since they may not know what to entirely do once the body has begun to change. If the child is taught at a decent age, where they’re experiencing maturation in their body, then it’ll be an easier period rather than hard .