Is Sex Education Necessary? Essay

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Is Sex Education Necessary in Schools?
All states are somehow involved in sex education for public school children. As of Jan. 1, 2015, 22 states and the District of Columbia require public schools teach sex education (20 of which mandate sex education and HIV education), 33 states and the District of Columbia require students receive instruction about HIV/AIDS, 19 states require that if provided, sex education must be medically, factually or technically accurate. State definitions of “medically accurate" vary, from requiring that the department of health review curriculum for accuracy, to mandating that curriculum be based on information from “published authorities upon which medical professionals rely.” Many states define parents’ rights concerning sexual education, 37 states and the District of Columbia require school districts to allow parental involvement in sexual education programs, three states require parental consent before a child can receive instruction, 35 states and the District of Columbia allow parents to opt-out on behalf of their children.
A 2011 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) survey indicates that 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. Among students who had sex in the three months prior to the survey, 60 percent reported condom use and 23 percent reported birth control pill use during their last sexual…

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