Which sex ed characters should you avoid?

Sex ed teachers need to be mindful of the sex education genre, as their students’ sexuality often gets left out of discussions and often isn’t explored in the right way, a new report has found.

The report by the Australian Sex Education Association found that, while it’s still relatively new, the sexual health field has “become an ever more fraught subject” as young people come to terms with the reality of their bodies and sexualities.

The survey of more than 800 teachers across Australia found that about 90 per cent of respondents were either unaware or strongly opposed to teaching about sexual health.

The issue is so much more complex than simply asking a question like: ‘Do you think it’s okay for your teacher to ask a student whether they’re ‘really’ a man or a woman?’

“Sex education is so broad and nuanced that it doesn’t fit neatly into any one topic, said Anne-Marie Wood, an education specialist at the ASEA.”

The sexual health question is one that’s been around for a while, and I think a lot of teachers don’t really get that.

“A survey of sex ed teachers found that 70 per cent said they weren’t sure whether to include sex education in their classroom or not.

The majority said they didn’t consider teaching about sex in their classrooms a good way to teach young people about sex.

About half of teachers surveyed said they would consider teaching sex education if it were to be incorporated into the curriculum.”

I think the issue is that teachers have to ask the question and I believe it’s an important question,” Ms Wood said.”

If it’s going to be taught in the curriculum, that’s what we’re going to try to teach.

“The report said that a lot more research was needed to understand the full implications of teaching sex and gender in the classroom, and to understand whether teachers are adequately prepared to teach sex education.”

It’s not something that’s easy to put into words, so it’s hard to say whether teaching about a person’s sexuality is good or bad,” Ms Woods said.

A lack of education about sexual behaviour and consent in the workplace also came up in the survey.”

While it’s a very big issue, it’s not really a big deal to the majority of teachers who are teachers, and so I think they’re not really conscious of it,” Ms Gray said.

Sex education teachers also face a range of challenges in trying to teach about sexual and gender diverse relationships.”

When we do talk about gender, it doesn to a great extent come from the context of a relationship between a teacher and a student, and sometimes it’s really important to talk about that relationship as well,” Ms Smith said.

Ms Smith said the focus on sexual health education could lead to an over-emphasis on the relationship between teacher and student.”

In that case, the relationship will be the primary focus of the discussion and a lot will be missed out,” she said.

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