Sex Education for ill prepared parents

Recently, Gov. Herbert discussed maintaining the current sex education laws in Utah requiring schools to teach sex ed and abstinence but not about STDs or contraceptives. Many UVU students and faculty brought up a different angle on the subject of sex education: Why isn’t there a focus on sex education for parents? Many people believe that sex education should be taught in the home. Others argue that leaving it in the parents’ hands leaves many children uneducated and uninformed. Psychology professor Matt Draper said, “Regulations are never the best answer. No one is getting adequate sex education. The question is: Whose job is it to teach? We don’t need more sex ed for kids. We need it for parents.” Almost everyone will agree that more needs to be taught on the subject. Jeremy, a student, said, “Sex is a natural part of life, so why not teach it? We talk about death, murder and genocide but don’t talk about sex.” Many students say they learned about sex from their friends. A few said they learned about it from their parents. Almost everyone admitted that they did not feel they had adequate education on the subject. Shelly, a student and a mom, said, “I think parents should be the primary educators, but they should be taught how to teach. I learned what I know from my sisters and from romance...

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