Biology of sex for parents and teachers - (1913) PDF by Thomas Galloway

Biology of sex for parents and teachers

Biology of sex for parents and teachers


When those meet who have given much thought to the question of the need of proper sex instruction for our children, there is little time taken in arguing that such instruction is desirable or necessary at the hands of parents and teachers. The questions which are now being considered by teachers are rather these: — What subjects should be included in this instruction? 

In what order should they come? Where should the emphasis be put? At what period in the child's life should each topic be presented for best results? Who should do the teaching, and under what circumstances? 

In every discussion of the matter, after pointing out what may be done in college and in high school, or even in the grades, by teachers properly equipped with knowledge, earnestness, and insight, the attention is always brought back to the fact that all this comes too late if nothing has been done before. Before any outside teacher can come to the help of the child, important work must be done by the parent. If sex instruction is to amount to anything worthwhile, it must begin, and all its foundations are laid, in the home. Furthermore, at every stage in the life of the youth, the parents should have a closeness of approach which no one else can gain and should supplement the work of others at every step. It is the purpose of the writer in the present book, the material of which was first delivered as a series of talks to meetings of mothers and teachers, to bring before t parents and teachers some idea of the biological, social,/ and moral foundations which must underlie all this work and J something of the spirit which must characterize it. 

It is not the purpose of the writer to give in detail all the facts for which a parent may find the need. There is increasing literature in which these may be found. 

The problem at the present moment is one of method and spirit rather than of matter; — "how" rather than "what." How can we take the facts, which are easy enough for any adult to get, and use them in such a way as to do good rather than harm to the boys and girls at the various stages of their development? Because the writer believes cordially that there is a sane solution to the problem, and that parents and teachers have, in the phenomena of sex, some of the most valuable and constructive pedagogical materials, which in the past have been either neglected or used spasmodically, he presents this brief study of the subject. 

 When those meet who have given much thought to the question of the need for proper sex instruction for our children, there is little time taken in arguing that such instruction is desirable or necessary at the hands of parents and teachers. 

The questions which are now being considered by teachers are rather these: — What subjects should be included in this instruction? In what order should they come? Where should the emphasis be put? At what period in the child's life should each topic be presented for best results? Who should do the teaching, and under what circumstances? 

In every discussion of the matter, after pointing out what may be done in college and in high school, or even in the grades, by teachers properly equipped with knowledge, earnestness, and insight, the attention is always brought back to the fact that all this comes too late if nothing has been done before.

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  • Author: Thomas Walton Galloway
  • Publication date:1913
  • Company: Boston, New York, et., D.C. Heath and Co

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