As sexuality becomes an act of expression, every person needs to know how to properly communicate. The problem with that, of course, is that young teenagers become knowledgeable about sex not through parents and family members, but through government agents like public school teachers.
Both The Blaze and The Atlantic are reporting on a disgusting story at a Shawnee, Kansas middle school. School officials hung a poster asking 13-year-olds, “How do people express their sexual feelings?” followed by a list of sexual acts.
They have all the good ones in there: oral sex, anal sex, “dancing”, “touching each other’s genitals,” etc.
The poster was “teaching material” for a health class. Teaching what, exactly? These children have just begun developing. How are they even supposed to know what genitalia is truly for, let alone how it intimately unites two people until memory’s end?
Conor Friedersdorf at The Atlantic conflates learning about the Holocaust with sexual education as both involve a loss of innocence. Yet when it comes to sex, “learning about the Holocaust entails a diminution of innocence that is arguably far more profound than learning that grinding and oral sex exist.”
This may or may not be true; however, because young children will eventually engage in the act of sexuality and not the killing of Jewish people, it is even more imperative for them to receive moral education on the act, just as they do with the lesson of tolerance in relation to the Nazis.
I agree that every child will eventually discover the definition of these acts; it is inevitable in our pop culture. Yet when trying to, as Friedersdorf characterizes the school’s actions, state “true facts without any value judgments” with sex, we risk allowing our youths to eventually sin and diminish their perception of the act itself.
If sex is just a set of expressions, it’s not special. It becomes a common routine, which it is absolutely not. Why is sex a less significant issue than the Holocaust when it comes to value judgments?
Such pedestrian approaches to a beautiful union of two people should be restricted to an age when students can appreciate sex’s relevance. I, for one, didn’t really discover what most of these acts meant until I was a freshman and sophomore in high school. I had received “value free” lessons, but I wish I could have learned about the Catholic notion of “self giving,” rather than just banal intercourse.