Importance Of Sexual Education In The Classroom

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Sexual education in the classroom is needed because in today’s society, pre-teen children are exposed to reality television programs and adult situations at an early age. This is partly due to easy access to the internet. Pre-school children are encouraged to learn technology and by the time most children reach first grade, they are able to access the internet. One minute they are looking for their favorite game and with a simple click of the mouse, the children can be re-directed to a website they should not be on. There is so much misinformation out there that students must have the opportunity to learn the facts.
Society is different today than it was 20 twenty years ago. According to the Advocates for Youth website, each year, youth under
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However, the United States Department of Health and Human services conducted a study that involved approximately 2000 middle and high school students. The indication of the findings show the students are taught to “Say No” to sex but are less likely to be taught safe sex practices and are increasing their risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases. ("Impacts of Four Title V, Section 510 Abstinence Education Programs: Introduction," 2007). This 2007 government study shows the curriculum is based on teaching students sex before marriage is wrong. This idea leaves the students lacking complete knowledge to prevent sexually transmitted diseases and how to practice safe sex when they make their …show more content…
However, school-based sex education has made major advancements. Today, 82% of high schools, 76% of middle/junior high schools, and 57% of elementary schools require sex education on their campuses (Kann, Brener & Allensworth, 2001). It has proven to be useful teaching how to avoid unplanned pregnancies and how to prevent sexually transmitted diseases like AIDS and HIV infection. Further studies have shown that more than 90 percent extended support to ten out of the fifteen topics selected and the support for the rest was between 76 percent and 88 percent. This earlier unseen support for sex education in schools should act as a motivation for American schools to act upon it. (School-Based Sex Education: A New Millennium Update)
In conclusion, sexual education should be taught in the public school system because it reduces teen pregnancy and promotes sexually transmitted disease awareness. Sex education is not just about sex. It includes other sensitive issues like sexual health, sexual reproduction, sexuality and others that parents often feel uncomfortable talking with their children. Schools must provide students with a comprehensive sex education course they need to protect future generations. Therefore, it becomes the responsibility of schools inform and educate

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