Having a sex education class that is required will benefit the upcoming teens of the next generation. Some parents don’t want their teens to have premarital sex and some parents don’t want the schools to be the ones responsible to teach their kids about sex education because they feel like it’s their job. There has been much controversy on sex education being taught at school. There is not a lot of sex education being taught at school and it’s affecting the outcome of our generation. A sex education class does not mean that the students should pledge to be abstinent because in reality most students will not stay abstinent and will or are currently sexually active.
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They found that teens exposed to the most sexual content on TV are twice as likely as teens watching less of this material to become pregnant before they reach age 20. Additionally teenagers face pressure to participate in sexual intercourse from their peers. Many high school aged kids feel that they have to be intimately involved with the opposite sex in order to be socially excepted. These contributing pressures can ultimately lead to an unplanned pregnancy for a teenager. Another cause of teen pregnancy is the absence or failure of birth control.... ... middle of paper ... ...h can learn to use abstinence.
Some schools decide to teach abstinence only programs, which are not effective enough. I believe this because some parents do not believe their teen should be taught to never have sex until marriage. Along with that parents are again being the ones who need to be educated before the teenagers are. There are parents do not agree with their teeanger being taught sex education in schools because they think their teenager is only being taught about having sex. What parents do not fully know is there is more to sex education than just sex.
Though health care clinics, teen parenting help programs, and alternative schools for pregnant women, pregnancy organizations have sought to relieve the problem, but have done little to eliminate it. It is time for a change that will address this issue with boldness and certainty. I propose a new solution to teen pregnancy, one that this nation has never heard before. Studies have shown that the United States has the highest rate of teen pregnancies in the developed world. In 2006, the National Institutes of Health reported that teen pregnancy rates increased for the first time in 15 years (“Overview”).
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As a result of teen pregnancies mothers and fathers are having to work extra hard to have an optimistic future. School is no longer the first priority in teenager’s lives after giving birth. Only 51 percent of teen mothers earn a high school diploma before age 22, compare... ... middle of paper ... ...thers,” Fact Sheet #2010-01, Child Trends, January 2010, www.childtrends.org. 40. “Socio-Economic and Family Characteristics of Teen Childbearing,” The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, September 2009, www.TheNationalCampaign.org.
Abstinence is very important but the friends you child chooses is also important to the way they approach having sex. If everyone is doing it around them, they will eventually fall into the trap of peer pressure and begin having sex. Abstaining from sex and learning more about sex is a good way to increase awareness and prevent pregnancy. According to the Guttmacher Institute, "teen pregnancy has decreased by 28% since 1990 due to the education on pregnancy and the literature passed out in schools." Traditionally parents have taught their children about having sex, but now with families always on the go it is hard to focus attention in this area.
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