The Ineffectiveness Of Sex Education In Schools

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Sex Education in Schools Schools should teach sex education because telling kids to wait is ineffective. 88% of students who take the pledge to wait until marriage have sex beforehand. Studies show pledge-takers are less likely to use contraception (Karimi 3). Some abstinence-only programs cause a negative impact on the use of contraception (“Truth” 2). Since they are pledge takers and did not learn the risks, they do not know how to protect themselves. For example, pledgers are less likely to use a condom; therefore, they are more likely to get an STD. They also are less likely to get an STD testing and diagnoses. As a matter of fact, one third of pledge takers use a condom (“Truth” 3). Another reason abstinence-only programs are ineffective …show more content…
Sex education is divided into three categories; first is the teaching of the structure and function of male and female anatomy; second, practice positive and healthy behaviors and how to reduce risks. Third, they teach students that they should trust and talk to an adult (Gish 2). However, only 22 states require sex education to be taught in schools (Siebold 1). Sex education does not do any harm to our youth, yet a little less than half the states require it. While, 93% of Americans approve of having sex education in public school (Gish 2). Teens need to be informed of sex to make them more prepared for life (Arellano 2). They specially need to be informed before they go to college (Brown 3). As a matter of fact, 25% of the sexually active population is made up by 15 to 24 year olds (Karimi 2). Therefore sex-ed is crucial at a young age. Sex education should be age appropriate, medically accurate, evidence-informed, and comprehensive (Carmona 3). Sex education has many benefits if done correctly. It helps young people differ between a healthy and unhealthy relationship, have good communication, make informed decisions, and have a positive body image (Carmona 2). According to Lena Rawley, “Adequate education is key in ensuring that they are properly educated before they become sexually active so the sex is healthy, safe, and enjoyable.” Removing sex education in schools will not allow an accurate conversation about sex (Rawley 2). Sex education also teaches about sexual violence (Brown 1). Letting teens know they can say “no” at anything they do not want to or are uncomfortable is important. They need to know without their consent the other person can not do anything they do not want them too (Karimi 2). Sex education should be taught to all kids in the United States. It would make young adults better informed and a better

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