The Importance Of Sexual Education In Schools

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Growing up I had to take sex education courses in elementary and high school. Most of what I remember involved the laughs and snickers of children when the words sex, or STD were mentioned. Although these topics seemed funny, I remember how these classes sparked a lot of curiosity in myself and my peers. Imagine a sixth grader expressing some curiosity in becoming sexually active because of new things they learned. At the time it seemed inappropriate, or as a child would say “bad”, and it is still considered inappropriate to this day. Fast-forwarding in time, I was in high school. I found myself, once again, in another sex education class. Most of everything that was taught was just a refresher from what I had learned in elementary school. …show more content…
These classes are made to educate children on the biological aspect of sex and STD’s, and that is the only thing they do. Young people attend these classes receive a bunch of information on this topic and leave because that’s all it is a class. The one thing people fail to realize is sex is not like math and reading, and like most people we only demonstrate an understanding of materials to pass for the time being. We don’t necessarily care about a certain subject or it’s components, but we will do well enough to get by. For that reason I don’t believe sex education should be a part of a school setting. Most sex education courses educate adolescents how to practice safe sex, and in the same lesson preach abstinence. This causes confusion and enables children and teens to become sexually active. It’s like they are saying don’t engage in sexual activity because it’s bad, but if you do this is how you do it. This idea is very contradicting and conflicting. These classes are teaching that abstinence is the only sure way to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, so why are they also enabling young people to engage in sexual …show more content…
A lot of parents may not necessarily agree with those standards and guidelines. Like I stated before sex is a more intimate subject , and it is not just the biology that most schools teach. A lot of the times personal views get mixed into those guidelines that are created, and that creates conflict with the views and values taught at home. This crossing of ideas causes a lot of confusion, and can also cause some imbalance in the home. Parents teach their children certain things because they feel it is what’s best. My only question is how is someone who doesn’t personally know you or child say what is the right thing to learn as far as sex; They

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