When should Australia introduce sex education?

12/3/2012 | Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), The

A recent study finds that high-school students in Australia would prefer to learn about sex-education topics, such as pregnancy, in primary school. However, a separate study of primary-school teachers finds they are uncomfortable introducing such topics to Year 5 and 6 students. "Across the board they wanted information much, much earlier than they were getting it," said researcher Bernadette Duffy. "I think that they should be at least being taught about [puberty] in grade 3 and 4. Some of them wanted information so they knew what was being talked about when they got to high school."

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