"Do you think sex education should come from the parents, the school, or a mix of both?"
I believe that sex education should start at home, as soon as they start asking questions. I decided I wasn't going to pretend that babies fell from the sky and (depending on her age and what she was asking), I would give her as much information as she needed. The day that she asked me what a condom was (she was 8 years old) I decided we should go ahead and have"the talk". I explained safe sex and sexually transmitted diseases and where babies come from. I used plain terms, the right words for the right body parts, and still kept it on her level. I would rather she heard about how it works from me, than from someone else, who might not give her all the right information.
Then, when the time came in elementary school and we got the notice that they would be teaching human sexuality, I wanted to warn them that she might try to teach the class. I think it was good that the school provided the information...you could opt your kid out if you wanted (we didn't) and I'm glad...because it just drove home the information we already gave her. And there were probably kids who didn't get the information at home (I would have been mortified to ask my mother what a condom was!) so they can still get what they need and maybe we can prevent forest fires. Or something like that.
It did make it awkward when we were trying to have da baby...see here. (Still not as awkward as her telling my husband that she HEARD us. I died a thousand deaths that day.)
What do you think?