Sex Education

January 11, 2015

Sex Education

What place should sex education have in our public schools? That is a question that needs to be carefully considered. For many of us, our parents, and especially our grandparents, never had sex education when they went to school. How did they become aware of what sex is all about? Obviously, they learned about it. Why then do we need sex education now?

The tragic thing about sex education in our schools is that it is encouraging illicit sexual behavior. One of the rules of education is that we learn by doing. After being taught the facts of  sex, it’s only natural that teen agers, even children, will say, “Hey, let’s try it.” Sex education is generally taught without any teaching of moral responsibility. Sometimes they even suggest that teens should look for opportunities to develop their sexual skills. The following web site www.avert.org gives the following advice. “If sex education is going to be effective it needs to include opportunities for young people to develop skills, as it can be hard for them to act on the basis of only having information.” You can find it at this web site by clicking on “sex education that works” and then going to “what skills show sex education development?”

The Heritage Foundation warns of the serious problem facing our society because of the irresponsible behavior of young people regarding the sex drive.   The following web site has something important to say about promiscuity among young people.  www.heritage.org   “Teen sexual activity remains a widespread problem confronting the nation. Each year, some 2.6 million teenagers become sexually active–a rate of 7,000 teens per day. Among high school students, nearly half report having engaged in sexual activity, and one-third are currently active.” The same web page offers the following solution: “Abstinence education teaches abstinence from sexual activity outside marriage as the expected standard for all school age children, and stresses the social, psychological, and health benefits of abstinence. Abstinence programs also provide youths with valuable life and decision-making skills that lay the foundation for personal responsibility and developing healthy relationships, and marriages later in life. These programs emphasize preparing young people for future-oriented goals.”

Sex education should be replaced by abstinence education. Excellent results are being reported in schools where it is being taught. You can find some good information about abstinence education by going to google.org and typing in “abstinence education.” At the following web sites you can find information about programs that are being used for abstinence education:

www.keepacleanmind.com

www. heritageservice.org

www.bestfriendsfoundation.org

Abstinence education usually encourages young people to sign a pledge saying they will refrain from sex until after marriage. Abstinence education also teaches young people to face the fact that, for them, sexual activity is costly, and that it has the risk of negative outcomes like STD (sexually transmitted diseases) infections, lower academic achievements, emotional problems, and out of wedlock childbearing.

It is only natural that children will ask questions about sex. Their questions should be addressed to their parents. Parents should answer their questions honestly and in accordance with the age of the child. If you, the parent, don’t think your child is ready for a complete explanation about it, you can say, “Honey, when you are older we will talk more about it.”

An article on the heritage.org web page, written by Christine Kim and Robert Rector, says that 80% of parents want the schools to teach youths to abstain from sexual activity until they are ready to give serious consideration to marriage. For that reason, our leaders should be encouraged to be in favor of funding abstinence education in schools. If the schools don’t do it, perhaps parents should get material and teach it to their teens. If parents would do this they could make a valuable contribution to the education of their children and warn them of the dangers of illicit sex.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” The best season for a more extensive study of sexual practice is shortly before marriage. Teaching sex to young people before they have reached a good level of maturity and have some convictions about moral values is to put them in temptation that they can’t handle. Teaching children moral values, and an understanding of appropriate social relationships, is of greater value than sex education. There are good written materials they can read.

A good book for young couples to read together on their honeymoon or after marriage is: “The Act Of Marriage” by Tim and Beverly LaHaye ISBN 10:0310270626

The word “sex” doesn’t appear in the Bible, but it teaches us some important truths about sexual purity. Leviticus chapter 18 has some important prohibitions that should be highly respected. Ephesians 5:3-5 says, “But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;   Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.   For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.” Then, en verses 21-25 of that chapter, we read of the relationship that should exist between husbands and wives. Even though the word “sex” isn’t found in the Bible, it is still the best text book for teaching sex education. When its principles are followed, society enjoys peace and harmony.

Sex is a precious thing, but it should be kept in its place. Its place is in marriage as Hebrews 13:4 says. “Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.” When sex is abused and perverted it is cheapened. When it is perverted it is often the cause of contention, the spread of disease, and illegitimate children.  Teens should be told that sex is a sacred, precious part of the marriage relationship. It is something for them to look forward to.

If you have questions or comments you can send them to us at the following address: rusandmargaretgeorge@windstream.net

 

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