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The attitudes of eight major American Protestant churches toward sex education have become more positive in the last decade. Historically the main stance of the churches has been primarily negative and judge mental. This study has clearly revealed that the estimate of a decade ago has to be greatly revised. All eight denominations have provisions for sex education and one or more age level. In fact I would declare that a major breakthrough is taking place in an area where unfortunately taboos have reigned for generations. And I think on a much deeper involvement as promised the speaker is Dr. J H Phillips who study of sex education and church is quite revealing more of his findings and a moment. Challenges in education presented by Duke University. Here with today's feature is Charles Prasad Dr. J.H. Phillips
a professor in the Department of Religion at Duke has found that eight of the largest protestant denominations with a membership of about 40 million. And the church school enrollment of about 21 million are showing an impressive awakening to both their responsibilities and opportunities in sex education. A change from its negative approach of the past. I would say that when it has spoken and it often has equated sexual behavior with immoral behavior as it were. This of course would connote a very negative attitude toward Saks and any kind of sexual involvement. And this has resolved it down through the generations and unfortunate consequences it seems to me and has led most of our young people today to feel that this that the church really has nothing significant. A way to say about sex. Thus many young people simply have not been looking to the churches
for answers to their own questions in this area. Dr. Phillips says there has been tremendous increase in instruction in the church. Sexuality is in all of the material that I reviewed described in its broad dimension. Nowhere in any material is it identified narrowly in what might be called instinctual or genital terms rather sexuality means the understanding of sex as an expression of the whole person through human relationships the consistent effort in all the material is toward an understanding and acceptance of sexuality as a positive means for human creativity and fulfillment. That's we've seen a radical change in the stance of the church from that of what has been described as an end to sexual to sex if any.
Dr. Phillips found that the teaching materials had four common approaches. They try to establish the Christian principles rather than to issue Biblical rules as guides for sexual behavior. They try to promote communication and open discussion between teacher student and parent child and the belief that the confrontation of alternatives provides the best climate for the learning process. The traditional preventive negative approach is minimized. And finally the ultimate end of the learning process is personal confrontation and decision making. Within the Christian context commenting on the major motivations for sex education Dr Philip says the major motivation would be to lead young people to understand their own sexuality in positive terms as a force that is God given. That's natural to them that it is good to help them understand their own sexuality in relationship to other people and to the opposite sex and in particular and to develop
their sexuality in ways that will be meaningful to themselves and to society. He's to me that this is a highly irresponsible approach to the whole question of sex. This is Charles Braswell with challenges of education from Duke University. This program was distributed by the national educational radio network.
Challenges in education
Church attitudes toward sex education
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Duke University
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Program number 145, a reprise of program 119, talks about increasingly positive attitudes toward sex education among Protestant churches.
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This series presents problems facing educators today.
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Host: Braswell, Charles
Producing Organization: Duke University
Speaker: Phillips, J.H.
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Identifier: 61-35i-145 (National Association of Educational Broadcasters)
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