Essay on Sex Education : Teaching Of Sexual Ideas And Concepts

1101 Words Dec 17th, 2016 5 Pages
Introduction
One of the most, if not the most, important courses a student may take in middle/high school is sex education. No matter the sexual preference (heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, queer) or background of a person, sex education applies to everyone and is important for everyone to understand. According to Ann and Ronald Moglia (2009) sex education is defined as, "how human sexuality is perceived and conceptualized" (p. 159). In other words, sex education is the teaching of sexual ideas and concepts. The main goals of sex education are to inform and protect students against sexual activities and the results they may cause, such as child reproduction and sexual transmitted diseases (STDs). Even though sex education is one of the most important and helpful courses, it is also one of the most controversial, and many United States citizens object to sex education being part of the school curriculum. No matter if citizens are for or against sex education, it has become an established course to help protect and inform students about sexual activities and conduct.
Historical Overview
Sex education was introduced in the early 1900 's in attempt to educate the children about the facts of life. As cities started developing and larger groups of people started living within the cities, it brought more concern with the temptations of young adults needing to be aware of sex education. According to Cornblatt, the National Education Association discussed the subject in 1892,…

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