The Miseducation of Florida No. 3: Psych Students Shouldn't Think About Sex

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Oh my, how depressing is today's Palm Beach Post. A dead shuttle worker, a dead spring breaker, an old lady beaten at a bakery -- and a Palm Beach Gardens psych teacher disciplined for talking sex with his students.

The crime: Veteran educator Frank Rozanski presented his advanced psychology students with a ten-question test full of what might be considered sexual innuendo. The ambiguity was the point. The students were studying "social psychology and perceptions," and the test was designed to demonstrate how certain combinations of words, which young children would consider innocent, can become sexually charged when used by adults.

Never mind that the point was a good one -- the kind of subtle and important lesson that no teach-to-the-test automaton would ever invent on his own. Never mind that the exercise might have encouraged critical thought or inspired students to actually think independently for a moment about the relationship between language and meaning. Never mind that psychology is a discipline fundamentally tied to human sex drives and that even a beginning psych student ought to give our gonadal imperatives some long, hard thought. Forget all of that. Apparently, the individuals in charge of educating our children are more concerned with reviving quaint notions re: the sinfulness of sex and the dirtiness of the human anatomy.

Granted, I haven't seen the test -- but how dirty is too dirty for advanced psych? High school biology students dismember mammalian cadavers to learn about the body -- how is that less offensive than studying human mating behavior to learn about the mind?

Oh, right. Because death, while bad, isn't nearly as bad as sex, because God causes the former and abhors the latter. That's it, isn't it? Is there any question that those offended by their high school seniors' being exposed to Frank's frank sex talk are motivated primarily by some kind of religious fuckaphobia? Sorry, folks: Sex is real, sex talk is real, sexual psychology is real, and all have a proper, shameless place in our pedagogy. Ill-considered bronze-age morality? Not so much.

The hero of this story is the Classroom Teachers' Association -- one of those dratted unions we're all supposed to hate so much and whose wild devotion to its members prevents Rozanski from being easily fired. Let's remember: Though they do sometimes protect bad teachers from good administrators, they also occasionally protect good teachers from bad ideas.
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itsme
itsme

thank you. Though id like to see the quiz, i think the lesson point was appropriate and high school ap psychology students should be mature enough to see the point.

SMDrPepper
SMDrPepper

Trying to pretend that sex doesnt happen is simply idiotic. And thanks to the moral majority (ie religious types) thats exactly how they try to teach sex ed. I grew up and began experimenting with sex in the time when AIDS was first coming out. And it took years for me to figure out the whole condom thing. And I took the sex ed classes which boiled down to dont do it.Look, keep the religion where it belongs. In your church of choice. While in school, you need concrete facts to be taught. Otherwise all you get is ignorance.Plus if you want to cut down on teen pregnancies, though I never noticed a huge rise in those numbers, teach them what happens and how to deal with it. By sticking your head in the sand just makes kids more curious about it and thats what leads to trouble.With Psych classes, since everything kind of revolves around sex, it stands to reason that it is taught.Just do not understand people sometimes.

Stevens
Stevens

You were making a great point until you decided to throw religion into your argument. There are fanatical, over-protective, wacko, helicopter atheist parents out there as well. Often this has to do with parents wanting to sanitize the world for their children rather than religion. Religious parents don't have the monopoly on this type of zealousness.

Brandon K. Thorp
Brandon K. Thorp

Stevens:

Hey! Thanks for reading. You're absolutely right re: over-protective-wacko-helicopter-atheist parents. They exist! I've seen em! But generally speaking, their hangups don't have so much to do with sex.

- BKT

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