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In today’s society, sexual education must be a staple subject in the high school, and maybe even the junior high school, curriculum. Many young teenagers are learning about sex from the wrong outlets, such as television, which makes them unable to make informed, educated decisions about their sex lives. A study published last month in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine found that abstinence education deters sexual activity in young teens. The same study also showed that students who receive formal sexual education classes wait longer to have sex and are more likely to use contraceptives (Pappas). The decision whether or not to allow sex education classes to be taught in school system is a continuing dilemma.
Since puberty is occurring at a younger age, marriage is delayed until later in life. A growing number of sexually transmitted diseases occur more frequently in adolescents (Fantasia, 2008). In society today, sex among adolescents is on the rise due to lack of education, lack of parental influence, and peer pressure. In the past, adolescents were educated about sex. Now adolescents need to know the pros and cons when making a decision to have sex.
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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.
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Sexually transmitted disease and unexpected pregnancies are an increasing problem in America. Many public school systems have been working to mitigate these problems through the teaching of sexual education in school. However, many schools are still using an outdated and ineffective system known as abstinence-only programs. These abstinence programs are set on an unrealistic goal to stop everyone from having premarital sex. In addition, those who go through abstinence-only programs are put at greater risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases and getting pregnant unintentionally.
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Eight in ten of these teen pregnancies are unintended and 79% are to unmarried teens. There are many preliminary causes for such a high In Kizzy’s case, the blame is put on the lack of sexual education within her school. She claims that because she did not received adequate information on this subject, she was unaware of what she was getting herself into. The question is: will the opportunity to experience sex education classes make a difference in preventing teen pregnancy? Sexual education, in a broad sense, is a series of courses taken by adolescents throughout their school years in order gain a better understanding of aspects that pertain to sexual activity.