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... middle of paper ... ...s have come up false or misleading. Sexual Education teaches adolescents about sex, not try to demonize it like abstinence programs do. If sexual education was properly taught in all schools, teen pregnancy and STD rates would drop significantly. Work Cited McKeon, Brigid. “Effective Sex Education”.
High schools making condoms available to the student body would not be to promote sex. It would be to promote safe sex due to an extremely high rate of teen pregnancies. It’s all about keeping the individual safe rather than sorry. “Less than half of teen mothers ever graduate from high school and fewer than 2% earn a college degree by age 30” (Stay Teen). The distribution of condoms in high schools would create more options, provide a safe route to sexually active teens, and increase the prevention of teenage pregnancies.
“Eighty two percent of parents have talked to their children about birth control but what about the other twenty seven percent?” Our nation has the highest rate of teenage pregnancies among western developed countries. What is that showing to our teens? Some say it falls back on the parents and other people argue the school system needs to step up their curriculum and teach about the different contraceptives not only about abstinence. Even though the responsibility should not fall back on the public school system, birth control should be taught in the public school because parents are not always educated in the different types of birth control and it could prevent pregnancy in high school. My opinion is that the public school system should teach about the different kinds of birth control that's out there because “proponents argue abstinence only programs are not effective and students should be taught about other methods.” (Monique) I feel if we give our teens the knowledge they can use it or they can store it for a time that is right.
Typically, there are two types of sex education courses, abstinence-only and comprehensive. State education departments determine which methods to teach in their particular state. There are many pros and cons to sexual education in public schools, but according to a 2010 study, more parents are in favor of sex education than parents who are against it (Essortment). According to that poll, parents say they would rather have their children learn proper terms ... ... middle of paper ... ...v/TeenPregnancy/AboutTeenPreg.htm> 2. Chen, Grace.
Without knowledge teens will explore things without caution. Sources indicate that the argument to allow sex education within public schools, such as middle or high schools, is whether the benefits of learning about sex at an early age will outweigh the risks of experiencing sex without advanced knowledge. Teenagers who learn about sex in school are less likely to have sex at a young age than those who learn from family, friends and the media. Based on a questionnaire conducted by Victoria Bourton, a senior staff nurse, Paediatic Accident and Emergency at St Thomas’ Hospital, students, 16 and 17 years old, knew about the risks of having sex because 75% of the answers about sex were correct. Participants felt that the need for sex education at an earlier age is appropriate and will reduce the urge to ... ... middle of paper ... ...s, 2011.
Teenagers who come from underprivileged neighborhoods and attend segregated schools are at a higher risk for pregnancy” (Calhoun 309). Schools need to start programs that encourage abstinence, and show the consequences of being sexually active. "They are not taught the importance of abstaining from sex nor, at the very least, the proper use o... ... middle of paper ... ...ssip. N.p., n.d. Web.
“Teen Pregnancy Risks.” 27 February 2014. Web. Widom, Cathy Spatz, and Joseph B. Kuhns. “Childhood Victimization and Subsequent Risk for Promiscuity, Prostitution, and Teenage Pregnancy: A Prospective Stud.” American Journal of Public Health 86.11 (1996): 1607-12. ProQuest.
Teens as young as fourteen years old have admitted to already engaging in sexual activities. No teen should be engaging in such acts at that age. Many schools give parents the choice to have their child opt out of the lesson or class. Few states are required to teach sex education to students in secondary schools unless they were withdrawn from the class by their parents. As a teenager, I firmly believe that sex education should be taught in schools because students need to be educated.