Should Sex Education Be Taught? Essay

1182 Words Jun 30th, 2015 5 Pages
Knowing the Facts

“Waaaaaaah!” Imagine waking up to a screaming, crying baby for the 8th time that night. 2:32 A.M. reads the clock. The young girl thinks to herself, “I’m 16 years old. I just got my license, I should not have a child.” Sex education should be taught to students because it reduces teen pregnancy, increases contraceptive use, and delays sexual activity.

Do not misunderstand, children are a blessing, but they can make life extremely stressful when they are had at the wrong time. The current debate involves these topics: Should sex education be taught in schools? Are abstinence programs the best for students? There are two types of sex education: abstinence only and comprehensive sex education. The question is, which is best for teenage students? Studies have shown that students who have received comprehensive sex education are about fifty percent less likely to experience teen pregnancy than those who have received abstinence-only teaching (Comprehensive Sex Education). Abstinence-only teaching is like telling students that they are forbidden to have sex. Everyone is a teenager at one time. When teenagers are given, in a way, a forbidden boundary, they react as trying to do it to be rebellious. The teen pregnancy rate in the United States is increasing, and remains one of the highest in a developed country. According to the Planned Parenthood, “Approximately 67.8 per 1,000 women aged 15–19 — nearly 750,000 American teenagers — become pregnant each year…

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