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.
As children grow, they accumulate knowledge over the years about a variety of subjects to prepare them for the future. Children learn from parents, schools, life experiences, what they watch and other influences around them, and it can be either positive learning or negative learning. There is one subject that is difficult to teach and have control over because of misunderstandings, lack of teaching, and publicity. Sex education has been a major debate for children under eighteen, because there are some parents that want it taught in schools and others that do not because of different reasons. There are currently eighteen states and the District of Columbia that require schools to provide sex education and thirty-two that do not require sex education.
As a teenager, I firmly believe that sex education should be taught in schools because students need to be educated. Many parents don’t address this topic at home, so school is the best opportunity. States that require sex education programs mandate that all students participate in these programs unless their parents decide to opt them out. How can parents do that? The parents have the right to have a say in whether or not their child is going to participate in these sorts of programs because “parental rights are derived from parental duty and exist only so long as they are needed for the protection ... of the child”.
Many public schools do speak to students about sex. Although, some parents may find it inappropriate for the school to advise their kids about sex for the reason it is the parent 's job. Speaking to the children about sex will help and prevent problems for their future. When a public school speaks towards the children about sex education,
Children and young adults today distinguish right from wrong based on their previous knowledge. The education they receive plays a major role in the way they make decisions. Sex is a controversial topic brought up frequently throughout a child's life. Based on the way it is taught, the child makes decisions that may forever change his or her life. (Sex Education That 3) Although it is often opposed, the two most essential ways children learn about sex today is the education they receive at home and at school.
Media is a dominant factor in the lives of young people. Teenagers are inspired by movies, tv, internet, and lyrics from music which most of it contains graphic sexual content. With that, sex education educators need to find a new strategy on how to inform students of the risks with sexual activity that media does not provide. (How Should Sex Education Be Taught In Schools, pg. 24) These young people think they know what they are doing when they participate in sexual intercourse, but do they really?
Without it being taught at school, some students will not get proper education because students will not get the proper education as some parents will choose not to talk about it with their teens. I believe there is a solution for each problem that can arise with sex education being taught in schools. One problem with teaching sex education in schools originate from the parents.
Society’s are in denial about sex and the effect it has on our children. Children are having sex as young as age ten. Discussing the consequences involved with sex should start at home. Sex education should also be allowed in our elementary schools. This will allow for the children to receive some form of education, if they have parents who will not or do not discuss sex education at home.
Another reason, what if a teen has a disease? Sexual education will hopefully help the individual with seeking treatment. Overall, my point of view is that sexual education should be taught in school. It’s a subject that should not be looked over and should be taught before you go to high school when those things come into play. This is my point of view because boys and girls need to know about their bodies, know about STD’s, and know the different types of methods to prevent pregnancy.
Education on Birth Control Should birth control be taught in schools? Would students be better off know more about the options they have to prevent teen pregnancies? Shouldn’t it be the parents task to inform the children about safe sex or getting them on birth control? There are many ways to look at the perspective of birth control or sex education in schools, which is right, which is wrong, is it right to expose children to sexual education at their age. It’s all perspective.