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allenels
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12:02 PM on 05/10/2011
Effective sex-ed within the constraints of the digital age or in the purview of parents, will only be effective to teens when adults better understand their personal sexual relationships. Sex is still taboo in this culture in sooo many levels that it is difficult to contextualize what a so-called healthy sexual relationship should resemble. How can a person transmit positive objectivity about a subject to another person, in this case sex to teens, when the person is oh-so-uncomfortable with the many aspects of human sexuality? Unfortunately, most adults are uncomfortable when the subject of sex arises. Here's way to test the veracity of the foregoing statement: how often do you talk about your secret desires and needs to your sexual significant other?
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01:03 PM on 05/10/2011
it is not funny, but it is strange that the three top diseases in America are STDs, and yet no one is talking sbout sex as if it had any consequences. if you are not ready for a family then you are not ready for sex, what is really sad is it seems as if people have a hard enough time creating healthy relationships based on caring maturity trust and responsibility. On the other hand not having the courage to stand our ground and then pandering to the path of least resistance takes us from projecting circumstance that discourages our own self-interests to suggesting materialism is a tolerable substitute to hedonism, and even then convoluting the two.
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dsws
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05:35 PM on 05/10/2011
Most cases at any particular time? Most cases per year? Most deaths? Most lost work-days? Or top three on a random list?
11:59 AM on 05/10/2011
At several schools I have taught 7th grade biology I have been told by the administration that I could not use the terms egg and sperm while teaching genetics or meiosis. You need to make the lessons connect to the students life they say. Well saying a female haploid cell and a male haploid cell form a gamete is not a connection.
If the educator cannot even refer to egg, sperm, and reproduction for fear of offending some parent how the H*LL can we teach anything about sex.
02:26 PM on 05/10/2011
Kids know exactly what you mean.
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02:44 PM on 05/10/2011
because we teach em as much
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Deb Levine
12:34 PM on 05/12/2011
Montels2, Wow. Where do you teach? That is just not okay! We need communities to advocate for honest, medically accurate discussions that are relevant to students' lives.
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HeadAches
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11:41 AM on 05/10/2011
I am shocked to see that American kids in 2011 have a worse sex-ed then what I had in the 1960's back home.

But then again, considering this is USA, a "religious secular" country, wallowing neck deep in several thousand year old middle eastern mythology and base sex-ed upon what some goat herders and camel drivers with a understanding of the world on par with todays 5 year old, had to say about sex. It's mindnumbingly stupid!
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moonflowerjewelry
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08:53 AM on 05/11/2011
I must fan you now.
10:56 AM on 05/10/2011
What do we expect when traditional morality is universally portrayed as bourgeois, archaic, sexist, and close-minded.

And our new supreme guru is Tolerance of all behavior, our new credo "live and let live."

The boomers' liberalism has created a pro-sex, anti-relationship social context for teens.
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Ogg-the-bear
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12:32 PM on 05/10/2011
A popular myth among adults. If you work with kids you find out that's not at all "...anti-relat­ionship social [sexual] context for teens." Most kids actually have a very astute sense of morality. What they abhor is lacking the safe space to do what is absolutely biologically normal and necessary because of "traditionalist" insistence on unrealistic, anti-developmental myths and adult ideologies based on their fear of adolescent sexuality.
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w84it
12:55 PM on 05/10/2011
or fear of sexuality in any context.
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01:14 PM on 05/10/2011
thats so a conglomerate of unconventional wisdom from the last would-be civic reinvention, i bet you think kids that age prematurely are cute, huh.
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01:04 PM on 05/10/2011
so lets create a new, better context.
02:16 PM on 05/10/2011
Agreed!
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Bethab
10:33 AM on 05/10/2011
I am an 8th grade teacher. My students are sexually active. I know this, the school knows this. Yet...I am not ALLOWED to teach sex ed. I want to. My students want me to. They ask for it. But I am not allowed to teach it. Please explain that to me?!?!
12:32 PM on 05/10/2011
Isn't human reproduction taught in 8th grade biology?
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Bethab
08:10 AM on 05/11/2011
Not necessarily. What is taught when is a state decision and in our state, bio is not taught in 8th grade...physical science is.
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Ogg-the-bear
Stunning millions with bolts of lightning...
12:33 PM on 05/10/2011
My 8th grader agrees with you.
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lrobb
Gold standard = four paws and a tail
10:09 AM on 05/10/2011
Too many children understand the how without appreciating the why. It is telling that Levine mentions the word "parent" once and only as a passing reference.

One would have thought boomer parents would have been better about explaining all the various aspects of sex--emotional, social, fiscal, health, psychological, etc-- to their children since their own parents could not have been worse, but that does not appear to have happened.

Pity. If we had done a better job, our present governmental expenditures for social programs would not be contributing as heavily to our deficit.
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allenels
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11:52 AM on 05/10/2011
And what about our present governmental expenditures, the over-the-top-support for corporate welfare? Believe it or not, the dollar amount to house and incarcerate a person, would have greater fiscal responsibility and impact on our deficit if the funds were given to those individuals to lead decent lives. But of course, this isn't the so-called American way, it's called socialism.
When social conservatives begin to effectively push to remove corporate welfare from the taxpayers "things that need to be funded" wallets, then perhaps the necessity of programs for the poor can be judged fairly!
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lrobb
Gold standard = four paws and a tail
12:17 PM on 05/10/2011
Since this article is specifically about sexual health, I am puzzled by your post which appears to have veered somewhat far off topic.

Would you care to give your opinion of the fiscal result of our present lassiez-faire sexual climate? (Preferably without bringing in the kitchen sink.)
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Ogg-the-bear
Stunning millions with bolts of lightning...
12:34 PM on 05/10/2011
Corporate welfare, a bloated DoD budget, two or more foreign wars of occupation... it's pretty empirically clear that what little is left of the social safety net is barely registering on the deficit spreadsheet.
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lrobb
Gold standard = four paws and a tail
01:22 PM on 05/10/2011
What on earth is with you people? This article is about sexual health and its social effects.

My generation did not do a good job of explaining to our children that while the pill unlinked sex from procreation, it did not unlink it from emotional effects. Women still expect a certain level of loyalty, companionship and affection from their sexual parthers. Women, are usually hard wired to view sex as part of a permanent relationship.

While we give lip service to the idea of "friends with benefits," when one of those friends benefits someone else it still hurts--sometimes a lot. Then we have a tendency to do silly things--like buy a pair of expensive shoes we can't afford--to try and make ourselves feel better.

We also did a terrible job of showing our children how irresponsible sex has huge fiscal ramifications. The amount of time, money and selfless love required to raise a confident and self-sufficient child is more than many of our offspring--and now their offspring--were willing to give at the time they got pregnant. As a result we have many children dependent on others for their wellbeing.

If we could have been more honest and persistent with our children about the benefits of waiting for sex until they were ready in all ways and using extremely reliable methods of birth control, society as a whole would have benefitted greatly.

You don't get this kind of information from a music video.
10:04 AM on 05/10/2011
Sex ed at my high school was a joke. The best sex ed I got was from my Human Anatomy class. Keep it medical...keep it scientific. I've never known more people to abstain from sex for so long until we heard the words "sperm can live on sheets for up to 72 hrs" from our teacher.
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ShellyintheWest
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10:01 AM on 05/10/2011
Why are we the only generation with this problem of exponential diseases and out of wedlock pregnancies?
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Ogg-the-bear
Stunning millions with bolts of lightning...
12:34 PM on 05/10/2011
No sex ed, abstinence only hoohah, adult fears about adolescent sexuality....
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01:30 PM on 05/10/2011
you should take yourself more seriously [no sarcasm]
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w84it
12:44 PM on 05/10/2011
We're not the only generation. Previous generations just kept it well hidden. My mother was a teen parent. She was shipped off to a "home" for the duration of the pregnancy. You know...keeping up appearances and such.
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01:14 PM on 05/10/2011
They should do those things now. it should not be seen as an acceptable thing
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01:34 PM on 05/10/2011
it is a sad fact that is no longer at the marginal
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realitytrumpsbull
Two 'alves of coconut!
09:54 AM on 05/10/2011
Why is it, that the entire fish and animal kingdom seems to be able to execute this basic biological function flawlessly, repeatedly, and without any outside instruction or influences, time and time again, but humans have to be 'educated'?  The only real thing that education can do is inform the eager young minds of tomorrow about some ugly facts, such as STD's, cost of childcare, awkwardness of completing high school while pregnant, and global population growth. 7 billion people, this year. Some countries have even adopted somewhat draconian methods of population control, in order to keep things safe and sane, population-wise. But, we don't want to have the Rwandan machete festival, or state-forced abortions, or walking ankle-deep in our own poop for lack of some kind of observable plan on birth control. Nor do we want government people(or others) mounting the automatic bullet hose on their armored conveyance and sallying forth and running amok.  Nope, about the time you're thinking about this, there's 2 words you want to keep in mind: self control. Two kinds of control, the one you impose on yourself, and the one that gets imposed on you, by others. There is a third, that's the kind that Nature imposes.
07:19 AM on 05/13/2011
Nobody cares if the animals get pregnant in a young age, so they don't need sex ed.
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Robert Frank
My last name is FRANK so thats what I am..
09:23 AM on 05/10/2011
palin said "just say no" and shes a smart lady so I believe everything she says...
07:19 AM on 05/13/2011
worked for her daughter..
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ReasonIsMyReligion
Don't know much micro-bio-logy
09:10 AM on 05/10/2011
What?
No mention of "Glee?"

My kids, both pre-tween, love the music, and are finally being allowed to watch -- after Mom and Dad filter. All their friends with older sibs watch, so it's hard to say no across the board.

And yet, my kids understand the science of sex. Still, they're too young to get the relationship complexities. Just as many kids already experimenting with sex don't get it at that level.
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kheald
10:04 AM on 05/10/2011
Heck, I'm 46 and I don't get the relationship complexities. Is that something that can be learned in any other way than experience?
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ReasonIsMyReligion
Don't know much micro-bio-logy
08:07 PM on 05/10/2011
yes. watch glee. ;-)
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PalaceOfWisdom
Don't Sleep With Mean People
10:14 AM on 05/10/2011
"Still, they're too young to get the relationsh­ip complexiti­es."

Let's face it, most adults have that problem too. Why else would someone need to advocate teens learning this kind of information from the internet rather than from their parents?
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w84it
12:40 PM on 05/10/2011
No doubt. It's like the blind leading the blind.
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ReasonIsMyReligion
Don't know much micro-bio-logy
08:07 PM on 05/10/2011
Did I say either? i hope not.