Sex Education in the Elementary (Grade 4-6): Proper or Improper?

SEX EDUCATION is one of the most controversial issues today in the country.  The issue inquires whether such kind of education would be a suitable solution to some recent problems or become a black torch which would bring curse and immorality to our society particularly to the youth. Sex education, which is sometimes called sexuality education or sex and relationships education, is teaching and learning information about sex, sexual identity, relationships, and intimacy.
          The debate on sex education is also about whether or not it will develop young people's minds so that they would make informed choices about their behaviors, and feel confident and competent about acting on their choices.  
Possible reasons for believing that it is proper:
1. ENLIGHTMENT. At their early age, students can be enlightened with the harsh realities that can be brought by sex like early pregnancy, confusion, abortion, etc.
2. FINE LINING. It will provide teachings that will separate love and lust. 
3. AWARENESS. It will provide more knowledge on the negative and disastrous effect of engaging in pre-marital sex.
4. FORMALITY. School is a better place to know things about sex rather than as compared to various websites.
5. MORALITY. It will provide the proper understanding of the word “sex”.
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Possible reasons for believing that it is improper:
1.       PROMISCUITY. It could promote indiscriminate sexual relations.
2.       ENCOURAGEMENT. This might encourage the youth, at their early age, to engage in pre-marital sex given the fact that the teens today are so sexually active.
3.       CONSCIOUSNESS & CURIOUSITY. Due to their curiosity and consciousness, they might be unhesitant to be sexually active.
4.       IMPROPER RESPONSIBILITY. It is improper to delegate this responsibility to teach such kind of education to our public elementary schools. It must be the primary duty and responsibility of the parents.
5.       IMPROPER TIMING. Grade 4 to 6 studentsare too young to understand the things that should be taught to high school or college students.
The contributors are taking up Pre-Law course in a premier university in the Philippines:
Adriel C. Magpile graduated from Libacao Central Elementary School in Libaca, Aklan and New Era University High School in Philippines.  Adriel is always interested to know the opinions of his friends about the current events.
Justin Batac is an alumnus of Saviour Elementary School and Holy Child School of Antipolo in Rizal, Philippines. He likes to play basketball and read fictional books.
Cavin Kay DG. Rigor is one of the finest graduates of San Agustin Elementary School and Novaliches National High School in Quezon City. He likes to draw, sing and digest cases.
Randy C. Villaseñor finished his elementary in Bagong Silang Elem. School and high school in Tala High School in Caloocan City. He loves to cook and currently works at Job Order Worker.
Earnest Raymond C. Carlos graduated from Talimundok Elem. School and Angeles National High School – Special Science Class in Pampanga. He is a music lover, a dog enthusiast and a sports enthusiast.

The contributors encourage the readers to express their decent and sensible opinions about this current issue.  To avoid turning it to become a bitter religious debate, we discourage the use of any Scriptural pronouncements or any religious dogma.
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