I always find myself correcting people when they say, ‘Sex Education’, either implying (incorrectly) that it is about teaching children “how to have sex”. I don’t claim to know it all but I do claim the right to inform or be informed as much as I NEED and WANT to know. Our country will never move forward with this debate because our focus will eternally be on the content of the program and never its principles! I can only hope the succeeding words will make us think in the latter.
As much as a collective effort, sexuality education should be individualized to each one’s experiential as well as knowledge exposure and importantly, pace of comfort. One has to establish a ‘baseline’ of exactly where to begin from and with how much. Too much information is as lethal as too little. I pondered over how I could introduce these lessons to students of grades 6th, 7th and 8th and in what way differently. I mean I wasn’t even planning on starting with, “Where do babies come from?”. Here I had to figure out my own comfort level with others in discussing sexuality. If I was afraid or inhibited in any way, there wouldn’t have been a point to any of this and I was capable of doing greater damage than any good. I resolved within myself and began from exposing, challenging and correcting the interpretative flaws in understanding the term sexuality itself.