SEX ED STORIES

SEX ED STORIES

What’s going on in classrooms right now?

I always have this weird memory of a sex education session in year 5. So we had a box where people would submit anonymous questions and the teachers would read them out and answer them, which I think is actually a really good idea for teaching primary school kids - in theory. Once they read out a question which said "why is the willy so long and the vagina so small?". Obviously, we all started laughing, but instead of telling us to calm down and explaining the answer, the teacher just laughed as well in a really shocked and kind of disgusted way, like the person had written something inappropriate. Then she just said "um... I don't know, sorry" and moved onto the next question.

Idk, I think that when you're teaching SRE to children that young, most importantly you should stress that body parts and sex is normal and you definitely shouldn't perpetuate the idea that it should be laughed at and not discussed seriously. Also, that teacher should have made an effort to answer the question. She treated whoever asked it with no respect - SRE should actually be informative!


This memory highlights how young people have the right to ask questions, be taken seriously and have their questions answered. It’s okay that the facilitator did not feel they had the knowledge they needed to answer the question but they should not have dismissed it. They could have said “I’m not sure on that right now but I’ll do some research and get back to you. That’s a great question though so thank you for asking.” Then they must get back to that young person where they have knowledge and feel empowered to do so.