For my critical summary assignment, I will be looking at the topic of Sex education and the curriculum that is being created around this topic.
For me, this topic is very important because I feel sex education is a very important topic especially in 2019. The new curriculum needs to be up to date and include all the modern aspects of sexual orientation and description. In order to do this, Teachers need to start mostly from scratch because the curriculum from previous years are very outdated and will not provide much help.
To start off my research I looked at an article by Jessica Corcoran et al titled “What do we really know about adolescent sexual health education”. This article was a great starting point because a good job was done outlining the issues and really identifying the root cause of where sex education is coming from. The article outlines that the adolescent stage is the longest human development stage that spans from age 11 to 21. The brain is still developing during this stage, thus putting the risk of unsafe decision making higher. these decisions include ones regarding health and sexual health. To combat these poor decisions Corcoran outlines the importance of honest and accurate sex education.
Corcoran identifies that the purpose of previous sex education curriculum developed in the 1900s was to scare youth into abstinence and decrease rates of STI’s. Today 27 states require that sex education programs stress the importance of abstinence. Another important aspect of a good sex education program was the length. One study concluded that the class was just as effective as when it takes a longer period of time in relation to completing outcomes, I feel that more research is needed. Another dimension was when to begin teaching sex education, most studies started looking at students in 7th grade through grade 9. The researchers stressed the importance of starting this type of education before the student becomes sexually active.
To summarize the article outlines five dimensions to good sex education.
- educational content,
- length of intervention,
- curriculum timing,
- delivery of content,
- measurable outcomes.
The next steps are to do more research on the five dimensions and find out if there are any more variations of these dimensions or if there is a different approach to this thinking. The task then will be to choose which approach I want to dive further into and write the full report on. The field of sex education is interesting and I am curious to see what ideas are out there. A big change needs to come to Saskatchewan and adopt a new curriculum that is better suited for the student coming of age in 2019 and beyond.
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