A Day in the Life of a Sex Ed Teacher!

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Every time I think I’ve heard it all and there is nothing any student could say that would shock me, I am proven wrong.  A student will say something that will bring me to my knees, as I ask God to help this generation of youth. I recently had one of those experiences when a young man shared the following with me after a class:

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Birth Control is NOT Disease Control!

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I received this email message from a high school health teacher today:

Jackie,
I have a student who is at a loss for words.  She recently had sex for the first time and has now been diagnosed with herpes.   She is a mess and is seeking guidance from me.  I am unsure what to tell her.  I did encourage her to get a second test taken just by the off chance the first one was a false positive.  Any input you could provide would be appreciated!

I have offered to speak to the young lady when I return to her high school in two weeks; but I am not exactly sure what I will tell her.

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Baby steps…

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Ms. Jackie,

The speech that you gave to our class the other day was flawless. You made me actually think about the things I do and why. There are far more things that are more important to me than having sex, but I never thought past my spontaneous sexual arousal.

If I would have taken health before my senior year, I may have never started having sex; but I didn’t and I did. But, what you taught me is to respect women even when they want me to disrespect them, to value their sexuality and NOT take advantage of them.

If you knew who I am, it may be hard to imagine me writing what I am writing. It may be a surprise to a number of people, but your words touched me and that’s enough said.

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What is good for the goose is good for the gander

I had a conversation with a 16-year-old young man today who was scared he might have gotten a girl pregnant. Although they didn’t go “all the way”, they had done enough for him to be afraid she may have gotten pregnant. [Read more…]

When Silence is NOT Golden

 

When you mentioned the parents not giving their child the ‘talk’, I kind of related. My mother had me when she was roughly 13. She has not given me that talk yet. Knowing that, I do sometimes think it’s okay to have sex.- High School Student

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The Bigger Picture

Yesterday after finishing a presentation to a health class of high school juniors and seniors, five young men stayed after class to speak with me. The last young man who had patiently waited for me to finish speaking with the others simply wanted to say “Thank You!” I told him how much it meant to me that he had waited so long to let me know how much he appreciated and benefitted from my presentation.

I also told him I was sure he was already making good decisions even before hearing me speak. He dropped his head and said nothing. I said, “But you will START making good decisions after today because when you know better, you do better, right?” He smiled and said, “Yes!”

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Inside the World of Teens

 

Have you ever wondered what teenagers are REALLY thinking and doing? Well you don’t have to be curious any longer. [Read more…]