Recently, Saab Magalona unearthed a one year old press conference of Rep. Lito Atienza regarding the issue of sex education in schools. She called Values Education as backwards, and tried to get her followers to follow suit.
Looking at the original thread from one year ago, we see that Congressman Atienza wanted to push for sex education to be taught in the family – where such a topic should be tackled as the parents would know when the right time it is to bring up such topics.
Also, the teaching of condoms and contraception in school will just open the minds of the young students who may or may not be ready for that kind of education. And considering the overworked teachers as it is, adding another layer and responsibility will just make them treat it as a subject, and not with the care and attention it deserves.
There is a need to teach young people values and how to apply it in their lives. And there is also a need to teach parents how to talk to their children about sex.
Other countries have been teaching sex education for decades (and these Western countries are trying to influence the Philippines to follow suit), but look at how it is now challenging them with soaring rates of sexually-transmitted diseases:
According to health data from the Kirby Institute, a staggering 18,588 cases of gonorrhoea were detected in 2015, up from 8,388 cases in 2006. In just a decade, the number of gonorrhoea cases annually has more than doubled.
It’s a similar story for other infections: in the past decade, syphilis cases have more than tripled, while cases of chlamydia have increased by 43 per cent. ABC