In today’s society, sexual education must be a staple subject in the high school, and maybe even the junior high school, curriculum. Many young teenagers are learning about sex from the wrong outlets, such as television, which makes them unable to make informed, educated decisions about their sex lives. A study published last month in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine found that abstinence education deters sexual activity in young teens. The same study also showed that students who receive formal sexual education classes wait longer to have sex and are more likely to use contraceptives (Pappas). The decision whether or not to allow sex education classes to be taught in school system is a continuing dilemma.
One way children learn about this is through school or somewhere in their community such as an after school program. Though it seems like an obvious lesson to learn, children have a difficult time getting this information from any source other than an organized curriculum in their health class at school. This is somewhat understandable as it can be very uncomfortable for parents and guardians to discuss these intimate details with their innocent child but it has the potential to cause problems later in the adolescent’s life. Brewin’s article addresses the parental concern that sex education may actually stir sexual desires and behaviors in the children that were not present before (Brewin.) However, curiosity comes about naturally and if it is met with over-protectiveness and suspicion from parents then the child has no other choice but to get the facts from another source which could possibly be firsthand experience.
It may feel to some that having sex education taught in our schools has been a never ending topic of discussion over the decades. Many parents and communities are not in favor of these types of programs and leave them as a highly fragile topic. In truth incidents of young teens in school who are engaging in sexual activities are rapidly multiplying as the media explodes these types of images through television, radio, and the Internet. "State adolescent births vary widely, and these disparities across states should be acknowledged as a major public health concern," (Cavazos-Rehg 2012). This is the reason that sex education should be taught in schools.
It’s all perspective. Whether you’d like to admit it or not, teen pregnancy is becoming a problem. Some schools have optional sexual education classes taught to middle school children with parental consent. But sometimes teaching them about the consequences isn’t enough. Yes, it is good that they are being educated about STD’s and how easily one can get pregnant, but sometimes that isn’t enough.
Eight in ten of these teen pregnancies are unintended and 79% are to unmarried teens. There are many preliminary causes for such a high In Kizzy’s case, the blame is put on the lack of sexual education within her school. She claims that because she did not received adequate information on this subject, she was unaware of what she was getting herself into. The question is: will the opportunity to experience sex education classes make a difference in preventing teen pregnancy? Sexual education, in a broad sense, is a series of courses taken by adolescents throughout their school years in order gain a better understanding of aspects that pertain to sexual activity.
What should we do to stop or moderate the sexual behavior of teenagers? There are plenty of good ideas, but the most important ones are: schools should teach sex education frequently, organizations and companies should help teenagers to abstain from sexual relationships, and parents should intervene. Schools should teach sex education frequently until last grade. An interesting fact is that the CDC data shows that less than the 50% of middle schools teach sex education (Sex Education in Schools). This means that underage teenagers probably don’t know about sexual relationships while they are young.
Nineteen-fifty five marked the debut of sex education programs in schools in the United States. Along the years, many have argued whether or not sex education should be taught in schools. Many believe that the education of sex encourages students to engage in sexual activities which lead to a higher number of pregnancies and sexual transmitted diseases (STD’s). As the number of unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases climbs higher and higher every day in our country, one can only think that sexual education is a necessity in our school systems. Teens as young as fourteen years old have admitted to already engaging in sexual activities.
Comprehensive sex education should be taught in public schools. The youth of today cannot make educated decisions regarding sex if they are not properly educated. Not educating America’s youth in all aspects of sex education is comparable to allowing them to drive without being taught. This choice of not allowing comprehensive sex education is schools is dangerous and can have life long consequences. These consequences will not only affect the individual but can ultimately affect America.
Sexual education and sex in general is a taboo subject. A number of people, both in the past and recently, have suggested that sex education programs should be taught elsewhere besides schools, like at home. Sadly, parents a... ... middle of paper ... .... Kirby, Douglas. “Abstinence, Sex, and STD/HIV Education Programs for Teens: Their Impact on Sexual Behavior, Pregnancy, and Sexually Transmitted Disease.” Annual Review of Sex Research 18 (2007): 143-177. Print.