Sexual Education in American Schools

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Sexual education should be accepted within public schools. Sex ed is simply a broad term for the learning of the human anatomy, sexual intercourse, and sexual reproduction, along with other sexual behaviors (ScienceDaily, 2014). Sex ed remains a controversy in many countries despite the majority of schools providing at least a small form of the education to the children. The controversy mainly focuses on the appropriate age of the children should be at to receive this kind of education, the amount of detail being put into the curriculum, and sexuality (ScienceDaily, 2014). Specifically in the US, all of the states take some participation in sexual education. As of January 2014: twenty-two states and the District of Columbia require public schools to have a sexual education class, thirty-three states and the District of Columbia require that students receive information about HIV/AIDS, nineteen states require that if sex education is provided, it must be either medically, factually or technically accurate (National Conference of State Legislatures, 2014). Many states also require schools to allow parents to get involved with the students' sexual education. Why is sex ed so important? A 2011 survey indicated that more than forty-seven percent of high school students claim to have had sex with four or more partners within their lifetime. Among those students sixty percent reported condom use while 23 percent reported birth control use during their last sexual encounter (National Conference of State Legislatures, 2014). Teen pregnancy and birth has decreased in numbers as a whole but the US remains to be one of the highest in teen birth, HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STI) rates among the industrialized nations... ... middle of paper ... ...contraception, and condoms can really help. So, parents should sit down with their kids and give them insight. Schools should also be accepting of sexual education programs and do their part as well. Works Cited Advocates for Youth. (2008). Sex education. Retrieved from http://www.advocatesforyouth.org/sex-education-home National Conference of State Legislatures, (. (2014, January 29). State policies on sex education in schools. Retrieved from http://www.ncsl.org/research/health/state- policies- on-sex-education-in-schools.aspx ScienceDaily. (2013, March 30). Sex education. Retrieved from http://www.sciencedaily.com/articles/s/sex_education.htm U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. (2013, December 31). Sexually transmitted diseases. Retrieved from http://www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/resources-and publications/info/parents/just-facts/stds.html
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