Sex Education in High School

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Teen pregnancies and the rate at which young individuals are getting sexually transmitted diseases are increasing daily. If public schools implemented a distribution of condoms, it would promote safe sex, teach responsibility and help lower teen pregnancy rates. Therefore it is my belief that condoms should be distributed in high school. This can also help decrease the amount of teens dealing with issues at a young age. Something more needs to be done in order to prevent high school students from finding out the hard way and the harsh consequences that unsafe sex can bring about. Condom availability can also encourage teens to make a safe decision. High schools should make condoms available in both nursing and guidance counselor offices because they would encourage safe sex, decrease teen pregnancies, and to aid in preventing sexually transmitted diseases amongst the high school population. Encouraging safe sex – According to an article in the “National Association of School Psychologists (2002) parents’ wants to be in control of what their teens are learning about sex.” Many parents and teachers are against teaching sex education to students because they think it should be taught from home and also they believe this will only encourage teenagers to engage in sex. It is said that instead of continuing with the promotion of safe sex, why schools don’t just offer teenagers sex education on abstinence and the importance of abstinence. Some parents believe the most secure option to prevent teen pregnancies and STD's is by abstinence. The question is "why don’t schools start by promoting that?" My answer to that question is because society shows that sex is good, it's pleasurable and acceptable. Teenagers lack the knowledge to make w... ... middle of paper ... ...uld not be having sex at all. Not every teenager is going to have sex, however this is a growing problem that is resulting in teenage mothers and incurable diseases. Schools need to stop trying to hide the issue and make the decision to at least provide some means of protection. Stop thinking about if it is morally right or whether it sends the wrong message, because it is already a proven fact that condoms drastically decrease pregnancies and STD’s when it is properly used. Why wouldn’t schools choose the healthier option to inform our teenagers of today the reality of how harmful unprotected sex can be? Why are parents so ignorant in their beliefs that this should only be taught at home. It is a constant debate between parents and facilitators and in the meantime the ratio is growing higher and higher for young pregnancies and or sexually transmitted diseases.
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