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08/10/2011

Sex-Education in NYC schools

Mandatory sex-education classes are returning to New York City public schools for the first time in nearly two decades.  Eyewitness News wants to know what you think.  Should sex-ed be taught in the classroom or in the home? Post your comments (below) and your comments could appear on Eyewitness News.

Comments

NJ Mom

I believe it should be offered in school. My twin 7 year olds already have the information as they have been asking about it for years. they get age appropriate information as the questions arise.

When (or if) it is offered in school, it will be like every other subject in school - something that my husband and i help them with, clarify things, and help them learn the correct info.

Amos Atibila

I believe each state in the US should have values it upholds. We are indirectly telling our kids that we tired of guiding them so they can go ahead and have sex at their tender and put on contraceptives but it's unacceptable. We should be prepared to teach them the dangers in having sex at the tender like unwanted pregnancies that can disrupt their education and the dangers of acquiring deadly diseases. If we unprepared to do this then we will one day smile at the wrong side of our faces.

Su Lynn

These kids need to learn how to read and write at school, not how to use a condom!

Markeisha Knott

Some parents are just too uncomfortable to have 'the talk".Besides, sexual education isn't only about 'doing the do', but also talks about cultural sexuality differences and the SCIENCE behind sex. Further more, Sex Ed is given in high school. Teens probably already know more than their parents think by then.

Jacqueline

sex education should take place in both class rooms and at home. parents often only tell their kids what they want to about sex to have some sort of control so that their kids behave "accordingly" or to instill a level of fear in them. unfortunately, this usually makes the kids too uncomfortable to talk to adults about sex and that causes them to be ignorant about it. because of that, there is a higher rate of transmission sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted/unexpected pregnancies often occur as well as other unfortunate incidents. kids need to hear the true facts about sex from an unbiased third party so that they can be properly educated, take precautions and be ready for sex! they need to get a fully planned lesson on all of the dirty details with NOTHING left out.

patricia griffin

Sex education WAS taught in the NYC schools back in the sixties when I was H.S.
There was no parental disagreement - as a matter of fact they welcomed it. We had the scare factor - when we learned about anatomy and what could happen, the most we did was talk about it. Boys had their classes and the girls had theirs. Kissing made us nervous.

Ellen Zakin

I am an educator and I do feel its important to teach sex education in schools. Unfortunatly I have seen to many middle school students already pregnant. Middle school starts in 6th grade and they are already sexually active at that age. Some parents are not teaching their children about this topic early enough and it should be taught. They are not doing their job as parents and it is our job to step in when necessary.

Patti C.

Good Day:

Although parents should make sure their kids are well rounded in this area..I feel it is definitely needed to school to ensure that teens know what they are facing and how to properly take care of themselves when the situation arises. Because it definitely will.

Hubert Douglas

Sure there should be sex ed.It's a powerful education tool that needs to be installed in all schools of correct age. But please don't turn our kids into exhibitionists. Some kids may think that this a green light to have sex.Abstinence, if possible, should be the forefront of this curriculum.

Sarah Lopez

I personally believe that sex education should be taught at home. When a child gets pregnant the person to blame is the parents. Parents are kids biggest role models and are more likely to listen to the parents.

andrea williams

Yes, I do agree sex education should be taught in the classroom. We don’t know for sure if parents today are actually taking the time to talk about safe sex or STDs. Some parents may not even know how to talk to their children about sex so if the education system is willing to lend a helping hand why not. Come on let’s be realistic the children today are growing up quickly and are very advanced and let’s face it the more you tell a child not to do something they are more than likely to do it anyway better safe than sorry.

Carmen M Ramos

YES I THINK THEY SHOULD BRING IT BACK BECAUSE LOTS OF PARENTS ARE VERY OLD FASHION AND THEY THINK THE CHILD SHOULD BE OLDER THEN16 YRS OLD TO KNOW ABOUT SEX BUT THE TRUTH IS LOTS OF THEM ARE YOUNGER 15YRS OF AGE HAVING BABIES AND MULTIPLE SEX PARTNERS I'M A MOTHER OF 2 AND MY 13YRS OLD KNOWS ABOUT SEX THAT I TOLD HER AT HOME BECAUSE I DON'T WANT HER FRIENDS GIVE HER THE WRONG INFORMATION ESPECIALLY WITH STD

Carolyn

Sex ed has never been about how to use a condom. For that kids could just search the web. Its about educating children on the ramifications, both emotional and physical, that comes along with sex. Show a 13 year a video on child birth, a person dying from AIDS or any other number of sexually transmitted diseases. It will make them rethink having sex at an early age. Real life isn't an episode of Teen Moms or the Jersey Shore and I'd much rather have sex ed in schools that them getting it from MTV

Vanessa L.

I believe that sex education should be taught in the classroom regardless of whether it's taught in the home. The real issue is the fact that young school children are engaging in sexual activity. With awareness and education this would help children make better decisions. Children are going to engage in sexual activity whether parents may want them to and with broken families as the norm, sexual education is not being taught in the home as frequently as we would like.

Celena S

Sex education should be taught in both Home and School, the reality of it is, kids are having sex whether parents want to believe it or not and they know much more than we give them credit for. Prevention is always better than a cure, so give them the education they need.

linda

When is society going to wake up and realize we have gone backwards? How about curriculum based on morals, values and respect? No wonder so many decent families want to home school their kids. American society has lost its morality. No wonder we lag far behind industrialized nations in academics.

luis casanova

schools should teach kids about sex ed because many parents work and don't have the time to talk to there kids. and thats ashame.

Jessica Rollins

Yes, I think it is a good idea. Because most children will decide to experiment in this day in age if not educated. Most of which are not educated about it at home because some parents are afraid and avoid the conversation on the topic of sex.

John

I think sex ed should be taught in classrooms because some parents will give the wrong information or not even have a one on one conversation with you about sex.

theresa wectawski

Yes it should be taught in school,because most kids these days do not believe everything there parents say,they should here the safety issues from other adults too,so we as parents can say see other people thinks the same way your parents do.maybe they will listen then..... Theresa

Lou

I think sex education in schools is a good thing. In school it can be taught properly and hopefully help avoid unwanted pregnancies. Too many parents avoid the issue.

njkatzie

It is definitely parents perogative to opt out of this, but this is an important part of learning that has been missed for many years. It should be a collaboration of both school and parents to give the facts, in order for the students to make informed decisions.

Mark

The problem is parents think it should be taught at home....but they are not teaching anything! In regards to the condom instruction....people are clueless and use them wrong which makes them ineffective. This isn't 1890 let's get with it for once

Kathy

My son is going into 6th grade and has alot of questions. I feel that school should teach the kids sex education. I do speak to my children about it but sometimes if they hear it from other adults they might listen and understand better.

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