High school kids could be turning to their teachers for advice on how to be good lovers. As part of the sexuality education curriculum, students in health classes could find themselves shading erogenous zones on a human outline or thinking about elements of a positive sexual experience. Teachers have also been encouraged to bring in a dose of realism when it comes to discussing orgasms.
What next for sex ed in NZ? Share your stories, photos and videos. At a physical education conference in Hamilton on Monday, teachers were told that it was okay to tell students that unlike in the movies, orgasms might not happen every time. Educators had focussed on avoiding pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. But research by New Zealand-based Louisa Allen, in , showed that students were looking for a more positive view of sexuality, Burgess-Munro said.
They wanted to know how to be good lovers, how to get the most out of their relationships. You just tell them 'no' all the time then they're not going to believe you.
At the conference teachers were shown pamphlets that said sex talks should include a discussion about pleasure. Therefore, any discussion, if it is to be seen by young people as real and for us as educators to be credible, needs to include pleasure in the context of safer sex. But much of the school-level programme encouraged students to think about intimacy, which they often equated with sex. They don't get bombarded by intimacy," Burgess-Munro said.
Activities for teachers include "Hot Bods", which gets students colouring erogenous zones on a body outline. Another activity gets students brainstorming what would make a positive or negative sexual experience, which they think is more common for young people, and what they could say to a partner if they were or weren't feeling ready. It goes from fundamentals - for example, feeling safe - to when and where the experience might take place. For instance, the beach might be a bit sandy and not private enough.
Suggestions range from "use eye contact to share a private thought" to "hide a love note where the other will find it". Sexuality education is a compulsory part of the health curriculum but schools are free to decide how they teach it.
They do this in consultation with their school community and must consult every two years.