America Needs Sex Education in Schools

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Sex education is a major cause of arguments among parents and their school’s board of directors. Some parents argue that sex education should be taught at home or in their religious institution based upon their values. Should the public education system teach sex education to students? There has not been a solution that can be agreed upon unanimously. Sex education isn’t yet a necessity in every school but community support for it is slowly increasing. Sex education needs to be implemented in schools throughout the nation for the protection of today’s youth and further generations from the dangers of unsafe sex and to teach them to understand what sex means. Many problematic situations arise from the current status of sex education in the United States. Almost all of the problems in relation to this idea are results of the youth’s lack of knowledge about sex. Sex education can greatly impact the student’s future by preventing the alarming statistics being created by teenagers. The United States has one of the highest rates of teen pregnancy, birth, and abortion compared to other developed nations (Kaneshiro B.). “Of the approximately 750,000 teen pregnancies that occur each year, 82% are unintended. Fifty-nine percent end in birth and more than one-quarter end in abortion ("Facts on American Teens' Sources of Information About Sex")”. However, the opposition would like to see it stay the way it is and for future children to fall into line with these bad trends. The opposition calls upon parental guidance for teaching children about the dangers and responsibilities of sex. They feel that it is a parental responsibility to inform their children of sex, the consequences of sex, and the necessity to have safe sex. The challeng... ... middle of paper ... .../www.avert.org/sex-education.htm>. Sullivan, Amy. "How to Bring An End to the war of Sex Ed." Time Magazine U.S.. Time Magazine, March 19, 2012. Web. 12 Apr 2012. . Weiser, Dana A., and Monica K. Miller. "Barack Obama Vs Bristol Palin: Why The President's Sex Education Policy Wins." Contemporary Justice Review 13.4 (2010): 411-424. Academic Search Premier. Web. 28 Feb. 2012. Wilson, Kelly L., and David C. Wiley. "Influence Of Materials On Teacher Adoption Of Abstinence-Only- Until-Marriage Programs."Journal Of School Health 79.12 (2009): 565-574. Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition. Web. 24 Apr. 2012. Zain Al-Dien, Muhammad M. "Perceptions Of Sex Education Among Muslim Adolescents In Canada." Journal Of Muslim Minority Affairs 30.3 (2010): 391-407. Academic Search Premier. Web. 28 Feb. 2012.
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