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Monday, October 16, 2017

Sex Education – Not Just About the Birds and the Bees

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A new school year is upon us all, and a new format of schooling at that. Two years added to the number of years a child must spend in school before taking up a course in college. Not all are happy about the new set up, but whether we like it or not, K+12 is upon us now, and the best we can do is to be optimistic about this new program.
One thing to be pessimistic about is the sex education they are introducing to Catholic Schools this year. Although the RH bill has not been passed yet, anti-lifers may have pulled a fast one on us in the form of a book called PopDevEd – Population and Development Education, a book meant for teaching sex education in Catholic schools. A project by the University of San Carlos in Cebu, this book is also supported by the Philippine Center for Population and Development. The book looks and sounds harmless enough, but when Pro-Life Philippines took a closer look into the contents of the book, it was found that there were anti-life, depopulation, and contraception ideas that were sugarcoated in order to make it appear that the modules do not run counter to the teachings of the Catholic faith. This is a sneaky way to introduce anti-life concepts to our children, and therefore should not be used by Catholic schools. How this book has passed through and gotten the approval of CEAP (Catholic Education Association of the Philippines) still baffles me to this day.
Taking Responsibility Away from Parents
Parents should be the primary teachers of sex education. This responsibility should not be taken away from them, to be substituted by teachers who do not know the students well enough to know if they are ready for sex education or not. Sex education can be compared to a knife – it is useful to those who understand how to use it, but dangerous for those who do not. As parents, would you leave it to someone else to explain something potentially damaging to your children? Just the other day, this was on the news:
Parents Furious After School Teaches Graphic Sex Class
Parents in a small Washington State community are infuriated after their 11-year-old children were given graphic descriptions of oral and anal sex during a sex education class led by an elementary school principal.
Fifth-graders at Onalaska Elementary School were supposed to get a lesson about HIV-AIDS, but the class discussion turned graphic when a child asked about other forms of sexual activity. The principal, who happened to be teaching the class, then told the children about oral and anal sex.
Given that there are parents out there who are neither knowledgeable nor capable enough to teach such a sensitive matter to their own children, they should be given training and education in order to empower them to be their children’s sex ed teacher. Besides, if a parent realizes that teaching about sex is such a sensitive matter, does it make sense that he leaves the matter of teaching it to another person whom you barely know?
Let’s Talk About Sex – And Sexuality
Many people are unaware of this, but the Catholic Church does not oppose  sex education per se. What it opposes is that a secular version of sex education is *mandated* to all schools, private and public alike, that run roughshod on religious norms whether parents like it or not.
Monsignor  Pedro Quitorio of the CBCP in fact asserts, in this news report:
“Actually the Church has been teaching sex education to Catholic schools for a long time. These bishops have previously occupied positions as president or owners of Catholic schools,”. He explained that the Church uses a different framework when teaching sex education. “The Church sees sex education as human sexuality and not just for reproductive health,” he said. He said that what some members of the House of Representatives are proposing in the Reproductive Health (RH) bill “is very limited. It should be the whole human sexuality and that is where the difference lies.”
In fact no less than a Vatican Council declaration, Gravissimum Educationis, recommends that “young people should begin as they grow older to receive a positive and prudent education in matters relating to sex.”.
More than Body Parts and Functions
I think that the point of the Church, in teaching sex education, is that we go beyond teaching reproductive parts and how they function. More than those concepts we should be teaching our children true and moral values. These values are not exclusively Catholic nor Christian values per se; we get them from moral law itself, that which holds true regardless of religion. This is why the Church, for example, teaches the inseperability of the procreative and unitive aspects of the sexual union, because she believes that this concept comes from moral law itself. The real goal of sex education is for the youth to understand that the marital act is a precious gift from God himself, and therefore should be used properly and within the bounds of moral law.
 Pro-Life Philippines
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