Sex Education in Schools
Nineteen-fifty five marked the debut of sex education programs in schools in the United States. Along the years, many have argued whether or not sex education should be taught in schools. Many believe that the education of sex encourages students to engage in sexual activities which lead to a higher number of pregnancies and sexual transmitted diseases (STD’s).The U.S. is the leading country in teen pregnancies and STD’s As the number of unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases climbs higher and higher every day in our country, one can only think that sexual education is a necessity in our school systems. Young people, teens, account for 25% of our country’s sexually active population and contract half of said population’s STD’s. Teens as young as fourteen years old have admitted to already engaging in sexual activities. No teen should be engaging in such acts at that age. Many schools give parents the choice to have their child opt out of the lesson or class. Few states are required to teach sex education to students in secondary schools unless they were withdrawn from the class by their parents.
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”. Sex education should be mandated in all public schools because it is a right to every student, the knowledge that they have about sex affects the student, not the parents.
Students need to be informed on what the repercussions of sex are. Many aren’t being informed at home, because their parents are scared and uncomfortable talking about sex with their child or simply because they don’t know how to. There are many repercussions of sex that many teens don’t know about. The lack of education leads to ignorance. Most teens know that a child is an outcome of having sex, but many don’t know of the growing number of sexual transmitted diseases and infections that can come along with the pleasures of having sex. STD rates are increasing daily; schools should equip students with the knowledge of sex. Dora A. Mills, director of Maine Bureau of Health says that it’s critical to “give our kids the info they need to protect themselves.” Also stating that “withholding information can be harmful” which I completely agree with. What if a child comes into a predicament where sex is involved and then does all the “don’ts” because they were...