The topic of sex education in public schools has been a hot topic for decades. This has been a constant debate among parents and educational authorities due to the rise in teen pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases among teens. Many people still believe that sex should not be talked about in public school, but only at home between the children and their parents. Unfortunately, most parents are uncomfortable talking to their children about sex and sexuality. Teachers and students have many reasons to believe that sex education should be a mandatory course in high schools. If kids are provided with accurate information in school they will be better equipped with the tools to make smarter, healthier decisions. ...view middle of the document...
Comprehensive sex education is a method that should be required in all schools and is the most effective way to keep kids safe, well informed, and prepared.
According to a survey done by the Centers for Disease Control in 2011, “more than 47 percent of all high school students say they have had sex; and 15 percent of high school students have had sex with four or more partners during their lifetime.” ( www.ncsl.org)
Among students who had sex in the three months before this survey was completed, 60 percent reported condom use and 23 percent reported birth control pill use during their last sexual encounter.
Sexual Activity Has Consequences.
Most teenagers are becoming teen parents because they are having sex while still in high school. Though the teen birth rate has gone down to its lowest numbers since data collection began, the United States still has the highest teen birth rate in the world. Research shows that 3 in 10 girls will be pregnant at least once before their 20th birthday. ( www.ncsl.org) Teenage mothers are less likely to finish high school and are more
likely than their peers to live in poverty, depend on public assistance, and be in poor health. Their children are more likely to suffer health and cognitive disadvantages, come in contact with the child welfare and correctional systems, live in poverty, drop out of high school and become teen parents themselves. These costs add up, according to The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, which estimates that teen
childbearing costs taxpayers at least $10.9 billion annually.