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What exactly comes to mind when you hear the words sex education? Do you wonder ... ... middle of paper ... ...responsibility away from the family. The biggest disadvantage is that there is no guarantee that the person teaching it has a healthy attitude about sex. Some people feel as if the handing out of condoms may also encourage kids to have sex. After reviewing my sources, I came to the conclusion that sexual education should be taught in school, and can be quite helpful to a certain extent.
All children deserve love and care from their parents. The United States has a higher rate of teen pregnancy than other countries because one is not open to talk about sex with a child once puberty emerges. The Telegraph (2007) reads that the Dutch is more open with children about sex, however, some of the approaches that are taken, some would call extreme and parents as well as educators would not agree with it in the United States. To list a few of their shocking demonstrations: condom demonstrations, trips to sex shops and videos on masturbation. The Dutch say the demonstrations were a small part of their agenda, they tend to stress more towards morals and emotional implications of sex (Donnelly, 2007).
Web. 19 Sept. 2011. “Sex Education Promotes Teen Pregnancy.” Jacqueline R. Kasun. At Issue: Sex Education. Ed.
These consequences will not only affect the individual but can ultimately affect America. It is vital for Americans to begin giving their youth the education that is needed. Pre-teenagers and teenagers are having sexual intercourse or participating in other sexual acts. According to the Center of Disease Control in 2009 46% of students have had sexual intercourse (Center for Disease Control, 2010). That is almost half of America’s high school students.
This is the reason that sex education should be taught in schools. The opposing parents’ to these programs being taught within schools and to children feel that the sex education program gives more of an enablement tendency vs. a more cautious beware effect. Studies made by the Center of Disease Control (CDC) in 2011 revealed that teens between the ages of 15-24 were the most affected by contracting sexual transmitted infections (STI’s) not to mention those undocumented cases. It is within fundamental nature that we educate our children, especially those within the appropriate age in school and the opposing threats and negative risk of sexual activity. (Hyde 2007) said "It isn't any one thing.
One cause of teenage pregnancy are the pressures put on teens from media and their peers. Sexual exposure on television and in movies stress adolescents to engage in premarital sex. Many programs glamorize teen pregnancy; these programs include MTV’s “16 and Pregnant” , Teen Nick’s “Degrassi: The Next Generation“, and the Fox Searchlight film “Juno”. According to the article “Sex on TV Increases Teen Pregnancy“ in “Time” magazine by Alice Park, researchers at the Rand Corp. say they have documented for the first time how such exposure can influence teen pregnancy rates. They found that teens exposed to the most sexual content on TV are twice as likely as teens watching less of this material to become pregnant before they reach age 20.
When you think of teen pregnancy, you probably think that there isn’t a positive thing you could say about it. Actually, there is one big thing people can get out of teen pregnancy, better education about sex and pregnancy. There are many things that contribute to this issue, shows like sixteen and Pregnant and Teen Mom are glamorizing teen pregnancy, which is actually a big issue and the blame should be placed on the parents and media. Peer pressure by friends can play a factor into the issue, if a child hangs out with a group of people that are sexually active, 9 out of 10 times that child is too. About 2/3 of all shows, excluding sports and news, and 83 percent of music and movies watched by teens include sexual content (Brown11-4) Poverty and lack of academic success contribute, there is mounting evidence that poor academic success and bad parenting lead to teen pregnancy.
However, there is huge divergence about what type of sex education is best for adolescents. Supporters believe that giving teens facts about contraception will only make them more likely to have sexual interaction. They also mention that abstinence is the only definite method of preventing pregnancy and STDs and believe that a program that strongly promotes