Should Sex Education Be Mandatory? Essay

1790 Words Apr 19th, 2015 8 Pages
The Viewpoints of a Reasonable Human Being A huge debate in America today is weather sex education in public schools should be mandatory in the curriculum. Some believe that taking the abstinence-only approach correctly teaches that abstinence is the only way to prevent pregnancy and STDs with 100 percent certainty. Abstinence-only supporters also believe they should teach about the emotional complexities that often come along with having sex. Sex Education supporters believe that exposing students to this at an early age will help to lower teen pregnancy and STD rates, as well as provide them with future knowledge in how to handle a sexual encounter. In addition, sex education supports argue that most teenagers are either already sexually active or are curious and that many of them are not receiving such information from their parents, claiming public schools are a proper venue for sex education (Sex Education). Sex Education in Public schools has been a never ending debate among the public. No matter the facts and statistics, there is very little common ground on the matter. Sex education should be a state mandated course in public schools because it is the only way to make sure that today’s youth are having healthy and safe sex when it happens for the first time, and times to come.
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says one in five births to U.S. teens ages 15-19 is not a first child. The data comes from 365,000 teens who gave birth in 2010 and…

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