Sex Education
08 September, 2011
Sex Education

Sex education is important! I know that nobody else could have uttered a piece of wisdom as valuable as this one except me because I am used to throwing up invaluable pearls like that. LOL! The other day I read a four-page fundamental article on the subject in one of those English-language editions that have taken their share of the niche in Georgia’s press market. I read it and I was impressed although there was nothing particularly new in it, but

the article was written professionally and with an attractive sense of compassion for fellow citizens. The entire world is confused about sex education of children and adolescents. There is a hot controversy out there about the age of commencing the ministration, the methodology, textbooks and programming of this red-hot issue. Georgia cannot be exclusion here – Georgia cannot lag behind in anything that makes us look western. Let’s put it this way: they teach it there, we got to do it here too. Period! I can understand this. Sex education might be part of the whole deal – becoming a natural segment of the European community and baptizing ourselves as pure westerners. OK, time to put the filthy jokes apart and get down to the nitty-gritty of the subject matter! It goes absolutely without saying that sex education of kids has to be handled properly, carefully, wisely and timely. This is not even disputable any more. And I agree with every word of the article in question (The TABULA magazine, No.10 of June2011) because I am telling you proudly that the author had weighed every thought and word before putting it down in writing. And I appreciate the wisely asked question (Page 69) – ‘Is there any contemporary Georgian school prepared to handle this task properly?’ I wish my fellow Georgians were asking themselves the questions of that caliber while walking other walks of life in general! Here is the series of my counter questions (not for the author of the article but for the entire Georgian society because I am more than certain that the author has all the answers to my questions): Is our grownup population ready for appropriate handling of sex per se? Are the parents and the future teachers of sex educated enough in the field? Is this society ready at all to properly appreciate the most overwhelming multifaceted human phenomenon like sex and the exigency of sex education in this country? Do we know what to read and how to react to what we have supposedly read? Shall we any time soon open ourselves up to treating sex as a natural part of human life and not like another reason for our morbidly warped and simplistic curiosity? Do we have any intention whatsoever to sex-educate our men and women in good time and in relevant doses? Do we recognize that the society needs to be sex-educated itself in the first place and only then embark on educating kids accordingly? The smartest among us would probably understand what I am drawing at when asking questions like this – infantilism and abashment among Georgia’s grownup population, especially among the female part of it is still deeply rooted in this culture and needs immediate therapy. Shall we go for it without any procrastination?

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