Family Life and Human Sexuality for the Puerto Rican Girl
Madeline Zelonis and Erena Mazou-Skorik
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As we stated at the very beginning, for most students and teachers this area of study touches on the very private and unique part of a person. But if the teacher is committed and truly believes in the positiveness of what he/she is doing it will be a beneficial endeavor.
Another problem the teacher will have to face is the lack of homogeneity even in a bilingual class. Some students might be almost unable to speak English and have very Hispanic values while others will be well on their way to being americanized and might consider themselves more “modern” (“with it”) than their more conservative peers. The teacher will have to act as mediator in the possible conflicts that may arise out of these differences.
Finally, the teacher must be aware that he/she will most probably need a peer support system for him/herself. In times of self-doubt, such as direct attacks on sex educators in the media or a student relating an explosive sexual experience such as incest, support from a respected peer can be invaluable.
All things considered, we feel that an examination of Family Life and Human Sexuality is essential to normal growth and development.