Public Sex Education in the Philippines
Proposing a Lesson Plan For Sex Education in the Philippines
- Background Information:
This project looks towards creating a lesson plan for teachers of public high schools in the Philippines. The country, a bedrock of Catholicism, has previously prevented measures to implement sex education in the country because of religious concerns. (1) The main argument behind this resistance to sex education is the idea that this type of education will lead to pre-marital sex – an act that is frowned upon within the context of the church. Thus, the sex education lesson plan that I will propose will emphasize creating a middle ground between informing the students about the subject but will also take into consideration their religious backgrounds and values. I will aim my lesson plans towards 3rd year high school students who will, presumably, have only ever looked at the reproductive system in terms of biology.
Sex education in the country right now is almost non-existent. A UN-backed program to provide education to 80 elementary and 79 public high schools around the nation was met with opposition from the Catholic Church. Thus, my intent is to build from here and create a lesson plan that the church could possibly approve of. My lesson plan will take part in three parts. First, I will look at the reproduction system from a purely scientific point of view. I will do a quick review session to ensure that the students know about the reproductive system working on the assumption that they have already covered it in their science curriculum. I will keep this session firmly grounded in biology. Second, I will then look at contraception with an emphasis on keeping yourself healthy and lastly, I will have a look at cementing student values. I am hoping that the third section of the plan will be the part that ties all of the information together and then challenges the students to really think about their own values and their thoughts on the matter. This is the most critical section of my lesson plan because it is here where I will attempt to show the Catholic church that sex education is not about sex, rather, it is about “the science of reproduction, physical care and hygiene, correct values and the norms of intrapersonal relations to avoid pre-marital sex and teenage pregnancy”. (2) These are the criteria that I am working to address in my lesson plan.
Lastly, I have also given thought to the resources that the students will have. Given that my target audience are public schools students, it is unlikely that they will have more that a chalkboard and their own notebooks and pens to use. Therefore, all of my sessions are planned around using a limited amount of resources. Additionally, the three sessions are focused on group discussion, which will help alleviate the discomfort of the students at the topic. I have purposely not included any time suggestions as the discussions can be as open as need be and also, the lesson plans can be adjusted to fit each school’s class time.
(1) Guiterrez, Jason. "Sex Education Debate Heats Up In Philippines." Abs-cbnnews.com. 22 June 2010. Web. 28 Oct. 2011. <http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/lifestyle/06/22/10/sex-education-debate-heats-philippines>.
(2) Department of Education. Sex Education Is Not About Sex. Http://www.deped.gov.ph/. Department Of Education, 6 June 2010. Web. <http://www.deped.gov.ph/search.asp?searchcat=u&textfield=sex%20education>.
American Social Health Association. Web. 28 Oct. 2011. <http://www.ashastd.org>
"Science - Reproduction and Cloning". bbc.co.uk. Web. 28 Oct. 2011. <http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/science/edexcel/genes/reproductionandcloningrev1.shtml>
"Abstinence". Planned Parenthood. Web. 28 Oct. 2011. <http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-topics/birth-control/abstinence-4215.htm>
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