Essay on Making Sex Education Mandatory in High Schools

1791 Words Apr 12th, 2013 8 Pages
Harris

Making Sex Education Mandatory in High Schools

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Harris It is imperative to support the provision of high quality sexual education in schools. Sexual education in high school continues to be a controversial subject in today’s society. It is wishful thinking to assume that young adults do not engage in sexual activity. Many students become sexually active during high school (McKay and Bissel 48). Canadian guidelines describe sexual health education “the process of equipping individuals, couples, families and communities with the information, motivation, and behavioral skills needed to enhance sexual health and avoid negative outcomes” (McKay and Bissel 53). Parents and teachers are the key source of guidance and support
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The Public Healthy Agency of Canada’s (2008) Canadian Guidelines for Sexual Health Education are based on the belief that sexual health education should be available to all people and that it should be delivered in an appropriate way that is respectful of a person’s right to make knowledgeable choices about sexual health (Public Health Agency). Schools continue to be the main source of sexual health information for young people. As stated by the Public Health Agency of Canada, Since schools are the only formal educational institutions to have meaningful (and mandatory) contact with nearly every young person, they are in a unique position to provide children, adolescents, and young adults with the knowledge, understanding, skills, and attitudes they will need to make and act upon decisions that promote sexual health throughout their lives (Public Health Agency 19). School-based sexual health education can make it easier and more comfortable for parents to discuss sexuality with their child (Weaver, Byers, Sears, Cohen and Randall 21). A study examining the attitudes and experiences of New Brunswick parents regarding sexual health education at school and at home found that 94% of parents agreed that the responsibility should be shared between home and school (Weaver, Byers, Sears, Cohen and Randal 19). If parents are not providing

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