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.
The National Campaign to Prevent teen Pregnancy acknowledges that, “There are 750,000 teen pregnancies annually.” Eight out of ten of those pregnancies are unintended. The State Board of Education needs to keep sex education in schools because it can help teens make conscious choices about sex, and it can also teach about the consequences if they choose to engage in sex. Several people may question whether sex education needs to be a course that is kept in or out of schools, however it does have more benefits to keeping it in as opposed to keeping it out. If sex education were to be removed from schools, teens will not have a way to learn about sex unless their parents or guardians talk to them about it. 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.
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That is almost half of America’s high school students. Nationwide 5.9% of students have had sexual intercourse before the age of thirteen (Center for Disease Control, 2010). Out of those students surveyed 34.2% admitted to not using any type of protection to prevent sexually transmitted infections or pregnancy (Students Againist Destructive Decisions, 2010). It is important to remember that these teens are having sex with little to no formal education on the topic of sex. Since these students are not taking precaution they are suffering the consequences.
Sex education isn’t yet a necessity in every school but community support for it is slowly increasing. Sex education needs to be implemented in schools throughout the nation for the protection of today’s youth and further generations from the dangers of unsafe sex and to teach them to understand what sex means. Many problematic situations arise from the current status of sex education in the United States. Almost all of the problems in relation to this idea are results of the youth’s lack of knowledge about sex. Sex education can greatly impact the student’s future by preventing the alarming statistics being created by teenagers.
Teaching sex education in schools can create problems. Sometimes teaching sex education at all in schools are banned rise. These problems have solutions, however, there are ways to fix them, so teaching sex education to students is done the right way and is accepted by the parents. Sex education is not a topic that some parents want teachers talking to their teens about. 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.
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.
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