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.
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. For example, if a teen has a question about sex, and they don’t want to go to their parents, they will go to their peers; and their peers might not be the best people to talk to. Bill Albert, spokesman for the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy states, “Since the ‘90s, the country has made dramatic improvements in teen pregnancies because there is less sex and more contraception. Whatever works, so be it.... ... middle of paper ... ...tember 16). Teen sex.
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The decision whether or not to allow sex education classes to be taught in school system is a continuing dilemma. I believe that with appropriate sex education classes, students can make more informed decisions about sex, hinder their sexual activity until a mature age, and, ultimately, reduce the growing number of teen pregnancies across the United States. Sexual education, also referred to as sexuality education, is “a type of education that imparts knowledge and helps to form beliefs and attitudes about sex, sexual relationships, sexual intimacy and sexual identity” (Homemorals). Over the years, many schools have started some type of sexual education curriculum. Typically, there are two types of sex education courses, abstinence-only and comprehensive.
This is something that can be eliminated in this decade due to the knowledge of sex and the problems that can arise from a bad sexual experience. Although some educators believe abstinence is the best way to teach sexual education to high school students, it often lacks the necessary information to help the teen make good decisions with their sex life. We should be giving the youth of today a complete sexual education curriculum and trust them to make the right decision on contraceptive and “staying safe”. Students should be taught the information concerning the different types of contraceptives available, the sexually transmitted diseases that can be contracted, and the effects. Having this information will allow the student to evaluate their decisions and make an educated decision about having sex.
Only 59 percent of pregnancies of age 15-19 end ... ... middle of paper ... ...f the sexuality active population. These numbers will go down if sex ed. would teach our kids about the safe way to do it. No matter what teens are going to have sex, its in the human nature, but what are we going to do to protect them from having safe sex. Sex education is brought of a topic as a bad thing, but if teens are being taught about there body in a specific way how is that bad.
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Parents are not talking to their children about sex because some deem it as awkward or uncalled for, leaving it to the schools to teach the little education they have. “This take on sex education is known among educators as the "abstinence-only approach," in which totally refraining fr... ... middle of paper ... ...sex education in the massive welfare overhaul in 1996, abstinence became the mandatory national sex education policy in America for more than a decade” (Wess p4). Parents should, even with in school sexual education, talk to their teenagers not only about no sex but about safe sex. The time will come along when temptation will strike and knowing proper safety measures could, in extreme cases, save a life. Works Cited "Abstinence V Sex Ed."