Saeed Almansour

Rick Benson

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EDUCATIONAL AUTOBIOGRAPHY ON SEXUAL EDUCATION.

Sexual
education is a very important subject of discussion through all the stages of
life. Straight from childhood to adulthood, sexual education is a topic that
elicits some curiosity. It is important that parents mentor their children
properly from that tender age, and help them form good ideologies on sexual
matters. This, I believe, is going to stick with them for as long as possible,
and even when they grow into adults who are capable of forming their own
opinions, inevitably, they will be influenced by their parents’ counsel.

Other
stakeholders in this issue are teachers. These are the people who actually
shape the children’s future. They are in custody of the kids for a longer time
than parents. With a proper educational system, that incorporates sexual
education, a lot of trouble would be avoided. For example, teenage pregnancies.
Teachers need to continue talking to students in every one level of education
about matters sexual education.

Peers and
friends are also a great source of information. Growing up, my parents made
sure ia associated with the right crowd, lest I begin to pick on habits that
they did not approve of. My parents were very strict about the friends I kept.
It was a requirement that I brought all my friends home for them to be familiarized
with each other. I was told to drop some on a number of occasions. Obviously, I
did not understand why since they all seemed cool to me. But guess who’s wiser?
The friends you keep determine how you will end up, most times than not.

Sexual education is
instruction on issues relating to human sexuality, including emotional
relations and responsibilities, human sexual anatomy, sexual
activity, sexual reproduction, age of consent, reproductive
health, reproductive rights, safe sex, birth
control and sexual abstinence. Therefore it is obvious that sexual
education runs deeper than simply knowing all about sex. It also factors in the
emotional component. It also encompasses advice on bearing the responsibility
of your actions.

I first
received sexual education from my parents. My parents made it their business to
mind my business. It was not graphic at all. Nothing traumatizing to a child.
In fact it was as simple as, “Respect the females in your life.” She based
sexual education on respect. Time and again, throughout my growth, she repeated
that. Only when I was grown up did I see that common phrase in a whole
different light. Say you are in high school, if indeed your girlfriend, you
will not get her pregnant, and you will use protection. I have therefore made a
habit of echoing that idea to all my friends.

As I grew up
and advanced in my level of education, the teachers in my life were not left
behind on matters sexual education. As early as elementary school, my teachers
started mentioning sex. They told us, in the lightest of terms, where sex could
get you at that tender age. This continued throughout, up to now that I am in
university. Obviously, here it is more intense, with talks on STIs and the
works.

In this day and
age, the internet is a major source of information. It is a one-stop shop to
cure all curiosity. This is a good and bad thing, all at once. An oxymoron, if
you will. With all that information at the exposure of kids through all ages,
who is to say the wrong information will not land in the hands of the wrong
child. Parents need to step in, and advise their children, just the former
times. If anything, the internet lacks the factor of moral etiquette and
filters. My parents and teachers were able to distinguish what information to
share depending on my age. The internet will bombard children will all the
information at once. This is what heightens the curiosity and ends up in
teenage pregnancies.

This table
shows what information was shared, by who, and at what level of education.

 

Parents

Teachers

Friends or
Peers

Learned on
your own (Identify the source and
content)

Elementary School

I was simply asked to respect the females in my life.

We started studying about the reproductive system. This made us
see each other differently, but that was all.

With the discovery of female genitalia, theoretically, of course,
some friends would do more research on the internet. They would come and
share the information.

Books, female anatomy.

Middle or Jr. High School

Advice on abstinence as the better option.

Teachers would advise us on healthy boy-girl relationships, and
what that entailed.

With the discovery of pornographic films, my peers had a lot of
information to share.

Further studying revealed more on the female body. I was rather
curious.

High School
 

Talks on teenage pregnancies, and the downside.

Numerous talks on STIs, teenage pregnancies and safe sex.
Teachers did not turn a blind eye to the fact that some people were already
having sex.

Some of my friends were already having sex, therefore, they would
gladly narrate how it goes.

Internet taught me quite a number of things regarding sex.

College or University

Talks on responsible sex.

Lessons on safe and responsible sex; use of condoms.

Learning through other people’s experiences. Some of my peers
have children.

From experience, I have learnt more. Attending lectures on these
topics is also enlightening.

 

My
parents were my biggest sexual educators. They made sure I heard it from them
first. This sort of interaction has shaped me reall