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Hi. I'm Curious. Have we met?

Seriously, as many of you know, I am trying to change this small corner of the world through sex and sex education. In a paper, due on Dec. 3rd, I am going to look at teenage sexual habits and I am going to try to take a global perspective. I already have some sources from the last big paper I wrote, but in this one we have to do some *unofficial, informal, qualitative* field work. These are the questions that I asked some of my former students that were willing to help me, as well as my niece in the 8th grade (her questions stop @ #10).

So, for the sake of me being nosy (any responses I get from LJ friends will not be included in my paper) I would love to get some responses on these from my flist. Under the cut are 18 fairly personal questions. If you choose to answer, comments will be screened. If you would like to answer, but don't like the screening skillz of LJ, feel free to message me or email knic26_at_yahoo_dot_com. If you don't want to answer, that's cool too. I am just curious as to the sex education in the schools** across the country and the world.

*these statements cover our asses for right now in doing a little project for this one class so that we do not have to ask permission from National Boards of Something or Other to use actual human participants. No names or identifying characteristics will be assigned to anything in my paper.

** Take the term 'school' to mean any time that sex education was or could have been taught in a formal classroom-like setting

***If anyone is interested, when I figure out how to get my school webpage up and running, I may post the final paper for you all to point and laugh at :D

1. What kinds of sex education did you receive in school?

2. What kinds of things do you feel were left out of sex education at your school?

3. What types of information would you need that you did not receive?

4. Were there any people in your immediate area (teachers, counselors, parents) with whom you felt comfortable having an open conversation about sexual health issues?

5. What type of information did you receive about Sexually transmitted diseases in your sex education?

6. Did you or your friends talk about sex?

7. What information about sex did you learn from your peers?

8. Did you believe your friends knew more or less about sex/STDs/pregnancy than you?

9. What types of information do you think students should get for sex education, and at what age?

10. Did you feel more or less likely to receive a sexually transmitted disease than your peers? Why?

11. At what age did you become sexually active (if you were in school)?

12. Do you regret the decision to become sexually active at that age?

13. If so, what would have changed your decision to become sexually active at that age?

14. Did you have issues with your sexual orientation in school? What types of issues?

15. Did you feel that the sex education you received in school included your sexual orientation? Did you feel that your sexual orientation was directly left out of your sex education courses?

16. Do you think your sex education experience could have been enhanced by an inclusion of sexual diversity?

17. Do you think your sex education in school made you more or less likely to have sex? How so?

18. Do you have any other questions, comments, suggestions?

Thanks a bunch for taking a look at what I've been up to.

(no subject)

Date: 2008-11-21 01:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I can't reply to your response to my comment because of the screening thing.

What seemed improbable? The whole concept of how babies were made. If there was a specific action that made babies, then there wouldn't be people who wanted babies and didn't have them, and there wouldn't be people who didn't want them who did have them. Obviously, getting pregnant was like getting a cold: a sort of contagion from sleeping together, and you might be lucky or unlucky.

I don't know how I ever came to believe the truth. Probably found it in a book somewhere, eventually.

(no subject)

Date: 2008-11-21 12:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
See, that's the thing. Kids now know what that *thing* is that has to be done, but pregnancy and STDs are such abstract concepts because they are not talked about early enough. Believe me, the kids I worked with did not wait for answers...they learned through doing.

My first year teaching, there was a junior that had a baby in the 8th grade. Her daughter was exactly one year younger than my son. I wouldn't have known what to do with a three year old as a senior...

*I am leaving these comments unscreened in case you want to respond. If you would like me to screen them, just let me know.
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(no subject)

Date: 2008-11-22 03:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Even being the tops in Europe, the UK still has less than half the teen preg rate as the US (20 per 1000 there compared with 53 per thousand here in 2002)

I have seen the gov't benefits issue here too. I have even seen parents that have pressured their children to have children to continue services...perpetuating the cycle. It really is sad.

Some girls see babies as an alternative to a life/career Some also see babies as their life/career, which I also feel is a bit unnatural now. I have had conversations with girls that only went to uni to trap a man. *shakes head*

I am leaving this reply unlocked so that you can reply if you so choose.


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