Having unanswered questions, most students’ understanding of sex comes from media or the internet. Obliviously, the media does not set the right example of how young adults should be engaging in sex. If we want to lower the numbers of teen pregnancies and the numbers teens contracting STD’s, it begins with having open conversations about sex. We are only damaging students by making sex seem sinful and having any thought or desire for sex seem wrong. When in actuality, the sexual needs are part of the human development.
The undeniable truth is that hundreds of American teenagers are contracting and spreading sexually transmitted diseases every single day. American teenagers are suffering from a lack of information and the country cannot afford to ignore the facts any longer. Comprehensive sex education must be made a priority in America’s public schools. Many parents do believe that their children should receive some kind of sex education in school, but prefer the sex education to stress abstinence-only-until-marriage. While abstinence-only programs may have good intentions, they have not proven to be very effective.
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.
As Royster, a man who was interviewed for an CDC article about sex education, stated from youth individuals, “There is no one in school teaching me how to protect myself. I didn 't learn about this in school.” (“CDC Reports Rise In Teen Pregnancy, STD Rates”). Parents have the right in this world to not accept the fact of teachers being the person to educate their teenagers sex education in schools. Teens have huge opportunities in life they can succeed in, for an example teen pregnancy can lower the chance of a teen finishing high school or going to the college she dreamed of. Not all parents will end up educating their teenagers about sex education, mainly because some parents do not want to teach their teenagers because it will make them want to experiment while some parents are also uncomfortable talking to their teenagers about sex education, parents told the authors of The Parents Role article (“The Parent 's Role").
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Although sex education is important, many students leave the classes with a warped view of sexuality and without a good understanding of safe-sex practices and how to properly use contraception. In most sex education programs, teenage students only learn that they should not have sex until they are married. This type of program has gained popularity in public schools across the nation because of a law giving nearly half of a billion dollars to schools that agree to teach the programs. Abstinence-only programs intend to persuade young people to wait until marriage before engaging in sexual activity, but they are not achieving this goal and are blemished by the twisted and biased view that they promote. The United States government
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?
A report by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy stated that seventy-four percent of adults believe that young people should learn about contraceptive uses in addition to the benefits of abstinence (Albert 7). So why do some schools still teach abstinence-only programs? It is clear that these abstinence-only programs are outdated and unwanted. In addition, it is common knowledge that many people will have premarital sex. It is an unrealistic goal to believe that abstinence-only programs could stop premarital sex completely.
The National Campaign to Prevent teen Pregnancy acknowledges that, “There are 750,000 teen pregnancies annually.” Eight out of ten of those pregnancies are unintended. The State Board of Education needs to keep sex education in schools because it can help teens make conscious choices about sex, and it can also teach about the consequences if they choose to engage in sex. Several people may question whether sex education needs to be a course that is kept in or out of schools, however it does have more benefits to keeping it in as opposed to keeping it out. If sex education were to be removed from schools, teens will not have a way to learn about sex unless their parents or guardians talk to them about it. Assuming that parents or guardians do not talk to their kids about sex and it is dismissed from schools, kids will learn about it on their own which could possibly lead to false information and teen pregnancy.
States that have policies concerning abstinence-only or omit health education put their students in a place of uncertainty. A school environment, specifically a high school environment without sexual education provides a playground of a high risk of ignorance, sexually transmitted diseases, and teenage pregnancy. Mandating sexual education courses and making them part of the school curriculum could provide a safe and responsible environment for young adults.