November 13, 2011
Pros and Cons of Sex Education in Schools
Sex education in public school has been a controversial issue in the United States for quite a while now. I feel like it really needs to be into schools with so many teen pregnancies, HIV and STD’s cases sex education is needed. Most of the American public believes that sex education should be taught at home by the children’s parents. They feel this way because the sex education programs in schools do not emphasize on abstinence instead they encourage the children to have sex instead. American culture is very sexually oriented. When you turn on your TV or listen to music sex is all ...view middle of the document...
They provide medically accurate information about both abstinence and also contraception, including condoms. People that study have clear goals to prevent HIV, other STIs, and teen pregnancy. Young adults focus on specific health behaviors related to the goals. Some with clear messages about these behaviors address psychosocial risk and protective factors with activities to change each targeted risk and to promote each protective factor. They respect community values and respond to community needs. They also rely on participatory teaching methods, implemented by trained educators and using all the activities as designed.
The cons of sexual education are minimal. While I am a firm believer in sex education in school, there are a few ways to argue against it. First, sex education brings the information to the forefront, possibly giving kids ideas of things that they had never thought of before. Instead of just letting things go by and take their natural course, kids begin thinking about it. They begin to wonder what it's like,even though the media bombards us with ideas of sex all the time and may make poor choices that they never would have if they hadn't heard about it in the first place. Teachers that teach sex education in schools take the responsibility away from the family. It is the parent's job to raise their own children. Parents who teach their kids about sex education
creates a sort of bond of communication which is lost if they just assume that the school will teach their kids and they can leave it alone. By teaching sex education, schools are actually stepping on the toes of family ties. The main two that I see are these: One, as many here have said, the parents should have an "opt-out" choice for their kids, if they want to include their own traditions and cultural beliefs. I also believe that as many others have said, some parents will never find a way to talk to their kids about sex. I don't think teaching about sex is the same as approving of sex outside of marriage, anymore than teaching about arson is going to make someone set fire to a house, or teaching about tobacco is going to make someone start smoking.
Teenagers mature at different rates and vary in their levels of sophistication. I think when sex education is taught, it is important to be sensitive to students who find the information embarrassing or who aren't ready to deal with it yet. They may have questions they're embarrassed to ask because they think everyone will laugh at them. All-female or all-male classes with same-sex instructors could be helpful in lowering the level of discomfort. In my opinion, sex education should not be taught in public schools, it should be taught in the home. Unfortunately, there are too many homes in which children are not monitored in what they watch or hear, and their parents are too busy to realize that their children are learning things. Therefore, this has forced the education system to step in and do...