SEX EDUCATION QUOTES

quotations about sex education

Young people are going to learn about sex and our question has to be where do we want them to learn? From the media? From their friends? Or do we want them to learn from an educated, responsible adult?

TAMARA KREININ, attributed, "Carnal Knowledge: The Sex Ed Debate"

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I think sex education should include enhancing a girl's sexual self-image and self-esteem, and give her the tools to say "no", and ultimately "yes", when the time is right.

ANITA H. CLAYTON, Book World live discussion, February 13, 2007

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Giving a condom to a teen is just like saying, "Well if you insist on killing yourself by jumping off the bridge, at least wear these elbow pads."

TEXAS FREEDOM NETWORK EDUCATION FUND, abstinence-only curricula used in public schools in Texas and Florida, Just Say Don't Know, February 2009

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Let me give you some advice here: People who want to have the sex talk with you will act the same way as people who want to murder you. First they get you in their car, so they're in control and you can't escape. Then they drive you someplace in the middle of nowhere.

FLYNN MEANEY, The Boy Recession

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The best sex education for kids is when Daddy pats Mommy on the fanny when he comes home from work.

WILLIAM H. MASTERS, NBC TV, August 16, 1971

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Sex education, including its spiritual aspects, should be part of a broad health and moral education from kindergarten through grade twelve, ideally carried out harmoniously by parents and teachers.

BENJAMIN SPOCK, Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care

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Our schools teach only the most basic principles of human reproduction: naming and identifying the sexual organs and a simple explanation of how the sperm fertilizes the ovum. If mathematics was taught in the same cursory manner as human sexuality, when children learned to count they would be considered masters of the subject.

BOB SMITH, Openly Bob

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The persistent advocates of contraceptive-style sex education have become more and more resourceful in using taxpayer funds to impose their casual-sex attitudes and explicit-sex instruction on other people's children.

PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY, The Phyllis Schlafly Report, March 2001

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Does sex education encourage sex? Many parents are afraid that talking about sex with their teenagers will be taken as permission for the teen to have sex. Nothing could be further from the truth. If anything, the more children learn about sexuality from talking with their parents and teachers and reading accurate books, the less they feel compelled to find out for themselves.

BENJAMIN SPOCK, Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care

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Conservatives say teaching sex education in the public schools will promote promiscuity. With our education system? If we promote promiscuity the same way we promote math or science, they've got nothing to worry about.

BEVERLY MICKENS, Women's Lip

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Sex education may be a good idea in the schools, but I don't believe the kids should be given homework.

BILL COSBY, The Joplin Globe, April 7, 2007

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Will sex education reduce or end AIDS, adolescent pregnancy, prostitution, sexual exploitation? Frankly, we do not know. But silence on sexual matters does not appear to be an option either ideologically or practically. Ideologically, ignorance is no advantage when others have knowledge, especially knowledge misused, and people who know nothing of sex can take risks unknowingly and be taken advantage of.

MARTHA CORNOG, For Sex Education, See Librarian

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You cannot have sex education without saying that sex is natural and that most people find it pleasurable.

BRUNO BETTELHEIM, "Our Children Are Treated Like Idiots", Psychology Today, July 1981

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I flip ahead in the textbook. There's an interesting chapter about acid rain. Nothing about sex. We aren't scheduled to learn about that until eleventh grade.

LAURIE HALSE ANDERSON, Speak

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Before the child ever gets to school it will have received crucial, almost irrevocable sex education and this will have been taught by the parents, who are not aware of what they are doing.

MARY CALDERONE, People Magazine, January 21, 1980

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Since most parents are reluctant to talk about sex, schools have tried to fill the gap. In America, when we decide to ignore a subject, our favorite form of denial is to teach it incompetently. Familiarity without true understanding is not only the basis of our families but of our educational system as well. When it comes to sex, Americans have been reluctant to spell it out since the time of The Scarlet Letter.

BOB SMITH, Openly Bob

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Although parents and schools should be the basic providers of sound sex education, they seldom are. This leaves the library as the only source of sex education for young people, unless we want to abandon the job to sexploitation movies, rock lyrics, graffiti, and the dubious counsel of peers.

PATRICIA J. CAMPBELL, Sex Guides

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Parents aren't sex education experts just because they are parents.

PEPPER SCHWARTZ, Ten Talks Parents Must Have With Their Children

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I've got to bring out the big ammunition on sex education. The bra and girdle section of Sears just isn't doing it.

ERMA BOMBECK, Just Wait Till You Have Children of Your Own!

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We parents need to do a better job of educating our adolescents about sex. The countries with low rates of teen pregnancy and low rates of STDs deal with sex more openly. It is not uncommon for adolescents to talk frankly and frequently about sex with their families and in schools. It's ironic that these more open societies have fewer problems associated with adolescent sexual activity, because much parental resistance to sex education in the United States is predicated on the notion that it will lead to more teen sex. American parents fear that if teachers talk to teens about sex in a classroom, the information will somehow trigger their interest in it--as if teens have not heard of sex before taking a health class on it.

DAVID WALSH, Why Do They Act That Way?

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