Students speak up about sex-ed and STDs
Why is there not more of this being done? There are debates going on all over the country on how to teach students about sexual education and how to help them prevent sexually transmitted diseases, but these are all being led by adults and politicians. Let’s be honest times have changed since they were taking sex-ed classes in middle and high school so what they think will be the best way to inform students of the dangers of sex, may not be the most effective way in today’s world.
The Committee on Health in the District of Columbia have got the right idea however. They have put together a report, the Youth Sexual Heath Project: A Framework for Change, that is based on studies done of high school students in the Washington D.C. area. The report used focus groups to see what are the problems that students face when it comes to sex and how sexual education can be delivered better to students.
One issue that the study found was that many students don’t feel comfortable approaching their nurses when it comes to asking for condoms or asking questions about them because “It feels like talking to your mom,” one student said int eh report according to the Washington Post.
A study done at Boston College shows that students want more when it comes to sexual education. The results of the study show that even students at the college level don’t feel they know enough, or that there is more for them to learn to help keep themselves safe. The best way to get these students the information they want and to get it to them before it is too late is to start at some of the earlier levels of schooling.
By conducting surveys and studies of middle school students and high school students, more can be learned about what will be effective for this generation of youth. What may have worked for our parents probably won’t work for today’s kids because their exposure to it today is different then it was then. By hearing what they have to say, what they want to learn and how to teach ti to them, better sex-ed classes can be constructed leading to decreases in pregnancy rates and cases of STDs, something that is not happening today.