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Saturday, October 06, 2007

Prelate: Sex education better taught in classroom than on TV

10/04/2007 12:07 AM /

Sex education belongs more to the classrooms than on television, a senior Catholic archbishop reminded teachers Wednesday night.

Nueva Caceres Archbishop Leonardo Legazpi, OP issued the reminder as he admitted some teachers fail to implement this policy properly.

“The problem is when sex education becomes too visual and may end with unintended results," Legazpi said in an interview on Church-run Radio Veritas.

The excerpts of interview were posted on the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines Web site (

“It would be easier if sex education is discussed in a classroom atmosphere rather than on television, which has a wide audience from various age groups," Legazpi said.

Even then, he said sex education should always be in the context of family education.

In underscoring the need for sex education in the classroom instead of on television, Legazpi said television is too far-reaching a medium and could do more harm than good.

“You wouldn’t exactly know who’s watching or listening and the possibility exists it would do more harm than good," he said.

On the other hand, he said the Church continues to do its share through the “Pre-Cana" conferences it hosts for people preparing to get married. - GMANews.TV


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