This week's topic is: Dangerous Miseducation
Part 1: ‘What is sexual health education?’ (Advocates for Youth, 2014)
Sex education is the provision of information about bodily development, sex, sexuality, and relationships, along with skills-building to help young people communicate about and make informed decisions regarding sex and their sexual health. Sex education should occur throughout a student’s grade levels, with information appropriate to students’ development and cultural background.
It should include information about puberty and reproduction, abstinence, contraception and condoms, relationships, sexual violence prevention, body image, gender identity and sexual orientation. It should be taught by trained teachers. Sex education should be informed by evidence of what works best to prevent unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, but it should also respect young people’s right to complete and honest information. Sex education should treat sexual development as a normal, natural part of human development.
provision (n.) to act of supplying someone with something (in this case, information)
informed decision: (phrase) a decision made based on information received prior; a smart decision
abstinence: (n.) not being involved in an activity, often out of one’s own will (in this case, sexual activities)
contraception: (n.) methods to avoid pregnancy
gender identity: (n.) an individual’s personal feelings towards their gender which can differ from their sex.
Part 2: ‘Why sex education will save the world | Rayne Fisher-Quann | TEDxKitchenerED’ (Youtube, 2020)
In this TED talk Rayne Fisher-Quann, a public speaker on sex ed talks about why it is relevant and how it can change the world.
To shield (someone) from (something): to act as to not allow a person or group to be in contact with something, to defend from something
dig in one’s heels: (phrase) to refuse to give in, to act stubbornly
cliché: (n.) a concept or pattern that is very common (negative connotation)
vote (someone) off: vote for other political party or candidate at an election with the intention of taking the person currently on power away from that position
stems from: (phrase) comes from
uphold: (v.) to maintain a custom.