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Sex education in Germany, don’t be surprised
Currently, my son takes the 8th grade classes of Gymnasium in Germany (Gymnasium is type of secondary schoolsin some European countries that prepare students for higher education)
Gymnasium in Germany
Schools in Germany, details about bodily structure of men and women and their differences are taught in biology class. Both male and female students equally learn about bodily structure of men and women.
Also in high schools in Australia, textbooks of biology describe details about bodily structure of men and women. My son also learned about menstruation cycle of women. I was very surprised to hear about it.
In Japan, students learn about bodily structure of men and women in health and physical education class. And there are some cases boys and girls are separated when learning about bodily structure of men and women and sex in primary schools.
The figure is from lifehacker Australia
Looking at the above figure, I feel it is probably right to learn about bodily structure of human being in biology class. It is strange that learning about stamen and pistil of plants to be separated from learning about bodily structure of human being. It is natural that learning about bodily structure of human being, a heart and blood vessels to be categorized under the same segment.
However, this maybe a surprising for parents who were educated in Japan. Also, it would be shocking for parents of one or two generations ago.
Learning important things at earlier stage
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One day, my son brought something to home which was distributed at school. It was “a condom.” A teacher distributed it to all students in biology class!
It is surely important. This is something that children should learn correctly. I personally feel that it’s too early to learn but it’s probably important for Westerners to learn about it at this stage.
I also started to think that it is important to teach my children about bodily structure of human being without hiding the fact or being hesitated.
Provide opportunity to understand “sex” correctly
On the other hand, I feel that learning about a heart and blood vessels, and bodily structure of human being are separated and they are taught as different segment in Japan. Is this due to consideration for children? Orit is probably perceived as a special thing. I am not sure how it affects children but how does social environment give impact to children?
Although schools in Japan concern about children and take special means to teach bodily structure of human being and sex, inappropriate advertisements and magazines for minors are placed openly on trains, subways and at convenience stores, which I have doubts about.
On the other hands, both men and women in Germany are not shy about showing off their bodies.For instance, the event which men and women to take subways without wearing jeans or skirts were actually taken place in Berlin last year. I saw this video that a business man, a student, men and women were all dressed normally on upper bodies but they were only putting white underwear. What an interesting event!
Sex education in Germany. The country is trying to provide correct knowledge from different angles from Japan. It maybe interesting to looking at Germany from this perspective.
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