Essay on Public Schools On Sex And Sexual Relationships

1255 Words Oct 1st, 2015 null Page
In today’s society, there are many problems. The majority concern political and economic contention, but a few involve issues more connected to cultural morality and socially acceptable behavior. One such issue is the problem of insufficient education in public schools on sex and sexual relationships. While many states have sexual education laws in place, they vary greatly and are notoriously ineffective. Only 22 states mandate that sexual education be taught, only 13 require the information being taught to be medically accurate, and 35 states allow parents to opt their children out of the program (Guttmacher Institute). Many states, 37 in fact, require that abstinence be covered when teaching sex education, 25 of which require it to be stressed (Guttmacher Institute). Reviews of this abstinence-only approach have shown “significant errors, including misleading data about the failure rates of condoms” (Carl). Because of this idea of only promoting post-marital sex, many facts and precautions are often forgone or portrayed falsely. It is because of these results that many are vying for a more comprehensive sexual education program in the public school system as opposed to the current practice of using false information to scare students into abstinence. There are many benefits to improving sexual education standards in public schools. One of these is the decrease in teen pregnancy that it would bring. The United States has one of the highest rates of teen pregnancy in the…

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