Sex Education: How to better talk about sex in schools?

The concepts of consent, respect for each person's body, or pleasure are rarely mentioned in school.
The concepts of consent, respect for each person’s body, or pleasure are rarely mentioned in school. (©PHOTOQR/VOICE DU NORTH/MAXPPP)

Outside the classroom, sex education may seem rudimentary: anatomy, hygiene, and health.

Three key themes not to be missed. But this must be complemented by other, more social teachings. consent, Respect for everyone’s body and concept of pleasure. So many themes that help build each student in his future adult life.

The Minister of National Education, Pap Ndiaye, recognizes that sex education needs to improve, but various stakeholders explain what needs to change.

Individual efforts

This is what motivated teachers strive for, like Émilie Braco, SVT professor at Lille Academy. Moving the speaking space to listen to students’ questions, she explains, “makes students feel at ease and open to discourse.”

The problem is that there are not enough of these sessions. Each second class takes him 2 hours, 6 hours per year and is applicable to all ages.

So it’s just a matter of time and not the teacher’s fault, I have some regrets Lack of initiatives initiated at the national level address these topics.

“It’s often based on personality,” regrets Thomas Rohmer, director of the Observatory for Parenting and Digital Education.

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Those who once intervened in school circles want better sex education, especially “deconstructing” the image of pornography consulted by minors.

Teens who have built up their sexuality on Pornhub never talk about it, but how do they know they don’t have to be slapped to give them pleasure? Sex education is basic.

Thomas RomerParent and Director of the Digital Education Observatory

“On the disrespectful forms of sessions and the merits of a hygiene and health-focused approach to sexuality, This is the failure of 30 years of sex education in France.“, near Thomas Romer

What should we talk about?

If the problem of pornography plagues parents and authorities, psychoanalyst Eric Bidot says: d’ “Strictly speaking, there is no intervention in this matter. It is a missing piece, an information device that the school must intervene.”

But it’s clear that X movies aren’t the only subject to be covered. Generally, teachers only talk about biology and reproduction and nothing more, ”said former porn actress and producer Nikita Bellucci.

We need to discuss our relationship with their bodies, their consent, and above all answer all the questions teenagers have.

Nikita BellucciFormer actress and producer

The problem is that teachers are often limited to course programs due to lack of time. And in SVT, The function of the human body is in the program.

“There is a chapter on the function of the sexual apparatus, but no sex education,” explains Emily Braco, a member of the Association of Biology and Geology Teachers (APBG). “We learn how female hormones and cycles work, how sperm are made…”

Six hours a year, for each age group from middle school onwards, it would require “more time, more teachers, and more outside contributors” to do this.

According to her, “students are demanding” more and more.

“We are not necessarily informed”

Fourteen-year-old Thibaut, who has just returned to second place, has never taken a sex education lesson. Having been educated in the private sector, he finds it “interesting to explore this subject.”
“We’re not always informed. It’s great to understand, for example, how contraception works.” I see it as an “exchange, discussion” to answer.

How should we talk about it?

Ms. Emily Braco, who voluntarily participated in the training, talked about the purpose of the training and how to deal with sexuality that high school students feel embarrassed about.

“We were taught the vocabulary to use, physician interventions for the psychosocial aspects of adolescence, legal reminders, etc.,” enumerates the SVT teacher.

We will also discuss how to speak positively about your sexuality. To help students express themselves, we encourage anonymous paper questions to be collected prior to the session. Another is to make the classroom circular and open to dialogue.

Emily BracoMember of SVT Teachers, Biology and Geology Teachers Association

For children in primary school, Guislaine David, co-secretary general and spokesperson for the major teachers’ union, SNUipp-FSU, used the same process, asking questions about scraps of paper before the session.

Unionists have worked alongside nurses in this sector, but recognize real difficulties and obstacles: “We are short of staff around the school: social workers, nurses in schools. Masters don’t have as much time to devote to us when their intervention allows…real sex education.»

Guislaine David also regrets the lack of training offered for teachers, even though “students must help build themselves as citizens”.

Above all, two teachers, whether Ghislaine David or Emily Braco, believe that they should “start with the student’s question.” It’s from It’s about helping young people find their direction during a time in life that’s never obvious.

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