how did sex education become immoral and leads to wrong moral development?
the DepEd is set to pilot test sex education for grade schoolers. Ang Kapatiran, the political party used by presidentiable jc de los reyes has filed suit in a court to stop the program from proceeding.
in their suit, they implied teaching sex education to students destroys the moral character of the students? since when did knowledge and a better understanding of your own body become a destroyer of moral character?
DepEd will not be teaching the students to engage in sex, they will be teaching them about what they will eventually learn by themselves. and as these things are, that is always a much more dangerous thing. the incidence of teen pregnancies has been rising, to make the point.
as one 14 year old girl told me – i know what a knife is and what it can do. i know that to stab someone with a knife will kill the person but i have never done it. i have not stabbed someone with a knife.
knowledge does not always result to a bad thing. there are other factors that affect action or inaction.
here is one bit of knowledge – we are glad jc de los reyes did not win the presidency.
The petitioners said that the DepEd’s Memorandum No. 261 on sex education was unconstitutional since it “[violates] substantive due process and [violates] the primary right of parents to the development of the moral character of their children.”
The project would be pilot-tested this school year in Grades 5 and 6 classes and in high schools in Olongapo City, Ifugao, Mountain Province, Masbate, Bohol, Eastern Samar, Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi and Sultan Kudarat.
For Grade 5, sex education would be included in the Science and Health subject that would have lessons on the reproductive system.
For Grade 6, it would be integrated in Edukasyong Pantahanan at Pangkabuhayan and it would include lessons on the “proper behavior between peers of different gender,” personal hygiene, and the problems caused by unwanted pregnancy.
Valisno explained that the program was initiated in 2005 and that DepEd was on the “second batch” of pilot-testing to decide if some items in the teaching modules should be deleted before it is implemented throughout the public school system. She also clarified that the UNFPA was no longer funding the project.