Misrepresentations And Benefits Of Sex Education In Public Schools

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Sex education in public schools has been one of the most controversial topics in Ontario in recent months. Children in public schools are susceptible to learning about a delicate topic from media and their friends. These kinds of sources may give misrepresentations and misinformation of the sexual content. Having sex education in public schools allows students to have proper education and information about body parts, senses, and functions, and stages of development. It benefits parents who are not able to talk about this topic with their children because they are not close enough to discuss the sexual topic or for religious reasons. It informs students about their bodies and its functions and also about their physical, moral and emotional …show more content…
Having sex education in public schools prevents sexual diseases such as HIV and STD’s. According to National Statistics each year one quarter of the estimated 12 million new cases of STD’s occur among teenagers (Statistics on HIV/AIDS, STDs and Unintended Pregnancy). Sex education in schools not only teaches intercourse but also about contraceptives, “especially condoms which reduce not only risk of STI’s but also prevent unwanted pregnancy.” (Coles, 2015) There are many advantages of contraceptives to teenagers if they get sexual active at a young age. If they have not been properly informed of contraceptives it can lead to diseases and teenage pregnancy. According to the sex Information and Education Council of Canada, “the pregnancy rate for young women between ages of fifteen to nineteen fell from 47.6 per 1000 in 1995 to 29.2 per 1000 in 2005.” (Coles, 2015) Having a proper education and informing children about their options not only saves and helps children but also their parents to discuss this …show more content…
There is a “high degree of knowledge, misinformation is common”(Coles, 2015) in children who learn from media. Having sexual education can dissuade children not to start at early age. A researcher Dr.Jennings Bryant said there is a report that there are more than 66 percent of boys and 40 percent girls that want to try a sexual behaviour that they see in media (Ross, 2012). Since children are being exposed to it from media they get influenced by it and it is very important for them to have a proper education at school to have a teacher tell them what is right and safe for them. The teachers will be teaching children what is happening in their body, teach their body parts and how to take care of them. On The Ontario Curriculum it says children will be taught about their body parts, skills for healthy relationships with families and showing respect to others, their senses and stages of development, and also how to stay hygiene by taking bath (The Ontario Curriculum, 2015). It is important to teach children that it is normal to have their body parts changing over time, when children are not informed about it they may get scared or feel uncomfortable around their friends. Therefore, informing students slowly based on their grades is important to keep children safe and have proper

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