February 6, 2015
The Importance of Sex Education
Imagine a girl and a boy are in a sexually active relationship. They both have the choice to be in a sex education class, but both of their parents say no. 3 months later, they take a visit to the doctor for a check-up and find out that she is pregnant, at the age of 15. She didn't know how to use any contraceptives, and that is something that she could have learned in the sex education class her parents refused to let her take. 3 in 10 teen American girls will get pregnant before the age of 20. That’s nearly 750,000 teen pregnancies every year (11 Facts About Teen Pregnancy). About 10 years ...view middle of the document...
In the United States, sex education raises a lot of continuous debating. A lot of controversial points are the use of birth control like condoms or oral contraceptives and the impact of such use on pregnancy outside of marriage, teenage pregnancy, and the transmission of STDs (Science Daily). Not everyone agrees with the thought of sex education. Some people think that it will benefit their children and help them make the right choices. Others think that abstinence is key and that everything that is taught in a sex education class is a bunch of nonsense. Abstinence is any self-restraint, self-denial, or forbearance, normally involving sex, drugs, or alcohol (dictionary.com). It’s a proven fact that teen pregnancy rates are higher in states with abstinence-only education mandates (11 Facts About Sex Ed). Therefore, abstinence-only classes aren't really helping our children out. Countries that have better attitudes about sex education have a higher rate of STDs and teen pregnancy, these countries being the United States and the United Kingdom (Science Daily). According to a March 2012 report released by the National Conference of State Legislators, only 21 states and the District of Columbia require schools to teach sex education. Out of those states, only 18 of them require that the information be medically accurate. These states leave out important parts of human anatomy and completely bash everything and anything about teen pregnancy. They also send out messages about contraceptives and birth control saying that if they are only 99% effective, why use them (Birds, Bees, and Bad Information)? The Sex Information and Education Council of the United States reports that each year, more than 750,000 women between the ages of 15 and 19 become pregnant. Nearly all of those pregnancies---82 percent---were unintended (Birds, Bees, and Bad Information). Even worse, 15 to 25 year olds account for half of the 19 million sexually transmitted diseases diagnosed annually; and those aged 13 to 29 account for approximately a third of the country’s new HIV cases (Birds, Bees, and Bad Information).
Sex education should be taught in schools all around the United States, better than they are being taught now anyway. The government needs to step in and make sure that these classes are being taught right and that they are 100% medically accurate. Sex education needs to be in every public school in the country since teens who receive it are 50% less likely to have an unplanned pregnancy than those who receive abstinence only or no sex ed (Birds, Bees, and Bad Information). Most parents agree. There is even a group called Advocates for Youth that agrees with this. They are a 33-year-old agency that focuses on the sexual and reproductive health of youth throughout the world and they have repeatedly studied domestic sex education programs (Birds, Bees, and Bad Information). For more than three decades, the...