How did you learn about sex? Odds are your parents reluctantly explained “the birds
and the bees” to you around the time you learned about it in school. When you were young, you
may have heard the Stork story, in which a huge bird carries children to their parents when the
parents are ready for a baby. As you grew older and more inquisitive, they may have given you
the classic “When a mommy and a daddy love each other very much….” Then, in your teenage
years, you learned about the exact names, places and complications involved with sex. Immature
sex jokes are inevitable, and sometimes found as very funny, but with all events that revolve
around sex, you have learned more and more. The school, your parents, peers and your religion
have played major roles in your current beliefs on sex. Children need to have sexual education
in late elementary school or early middle school because more sexual education has contributed
to less teen pregnancies and abortions, some parents may neglect to explain some factors to
their children, and they may not know very much about the subject themselves, and religion may not offer enough information to be entirely safe.
Teen Pregnancy and abortion rates have been declining during the past few years, although the United States still has the highest rates in the industrialized world. In teenagers, the ones who have received an adequate sexual education have lower pregnancy and abortion rates the in teens with inadequate education or in abstinence-only programs. Sexual education contributes for 50% lower risk for teen pregnancy than abstinence programs (SIECUS, 2008). Did you know most teens that get pregnant in high school don’t finish high school, let alone college? They’re also more likely to get abused by their partner than regular teenagers. These girls’ futures are greatly affected by one mistake that could have been prevented with the proper education.
Although many parents are active in their children’s life, there are a few who aren’t. Some parents don’t bring up the subject of sex until prompted by their children’s schools. “Many parents – because their own parents struggled to talk to them – can't approach the subject with their children (Kesterton, 2012). If sex education is not taught in schools, the school system is assuming all parents will talk in an open and honest way so that their children will grow up to be young adults who will make...