Argumentative Essay On Sexual Education

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Sexual Education has been encouraged to be a part of public school education since the late 1800’s. It is a program that is supposed to help young adolescents understand their body, promote abstinence, types of contraception, the risks of engaging in sexual activities, and how to prevent diseases or pregnancy. However, many parents fight this program because of their beliefs that teens should stay abstinent till marriage, and learning about sex will increase their urge to have sex. Depending on what the state requires to be taught and what a school district wants, a student will either receive one of the two styles of sexual education. The two styles are comprehensive and abstinence only. While they both stress the importance of abstinences, …show more content…
Due to parent’s having concerns that their child will become sexually active too early, they are putting their children at risk of not being prepared for dealing with how to properly handle what is expected to happen during their teenage and young adult years. Abstinence only sexual education is believed to be the best form of sexual education by many parents, but in reality it can cause a number of negative effects on teenager’s sexual knowledge and their abstinence. Abstinence only sexual education’s main focus is to inform teenagers that they should remain abstinent until they are married. Abstinence only sex education typically does not include any type of information on the reproductive system, contraception, preventing diseases and pregnancy, or how to have sex safely. Most abstinent only programs have also been proven to be “biased”, based on religious beliefs, include false information about the effectiveness of the use contraceptives, masturbation, and abortion. They also tend to “distort” information on the risks that come with having sex to prevent teens from having sex. An example of schools giving false information to students is in the movie Mean Girls. In this movie the coach teaching sex education starts of …show more content…
This paper also addresses the two types of sexual education, which are comprehensive sex education and abstinence only. Abstinence only sex education is preferred by parents and most schools because they believe that staying abstinence till marriage is the only option and that if they get a comprehensive sex education it will increase their urges to engage in sexual activities. When a teenager is only taught to not have sex till they are married they do not get taught what happens with their body, the types of contraception that are available, or the use of condoms. If they do decide to have sex before marriage it is often not done safely which typically leads to pregnancy or STD’s. Teenagers with abstinence only education are more likely to be sexually active at a young age. Because teens that receive abstinence only education have little to no knowledge about sex, and they often get curious about it and end up engaging in sexual activities. Teens with abstinence only education also have a higher teen pregnancy rate. Comprehensive sex education teaches teenagers that they should remain abstinent till marriage, but because it also goes over how to have sex safely, and other sexually based topics parents believe it increases teen’s urges to be sexually active. Sex

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