The Importance Of Comprehensive Sexual Education In Schools

1765 Words 8 Pages
Amongst us teenagers, how do we react when we hear the word “sex”? We speak with confidence towards sex but the false statements and myths come with it as well. High school students in most states are required to pass a sexual heath class, and parents are more opened to the idea of this knowledge. The eagerness to learn more about sexual diseases is answered through comprehensive sexual education. With this course teenagers are more informed about small details that play a big part of their personal life. It advocates teenagers to use protection whenever it is called for but it still does not promote temptation towards intercourse. Comprehensive sex education has proven to help high school students understand the truth about all sexual …show more content…
Although these programs do not have the highest success rate for teen pregnancy what they have shown is respect for religious beliefs. The classes would only teach the basic concept of sex and will teach on how to avoid having intercourse until marriage. Thus the abstinence-only programs were not harmful but they just would not provide actual sex facts due to parents concern. When most high schools had these classes they would ask for the parents consent on what will be taught and so on. Now the majority of U.S states change their health classes to what they call comprehensive sexual education classes and those classes teach students about preventing pregnancy and diseases. The government has greatly improved the way the classes have been taught and statistics have shown its potency “Between 1991 and 2004, the U.S. teen birth rate fell from 62 to 41per 1,000 female teens” (qtd. …show more content…
Those classes also teach the effects of various types of drugs and explain the consequences. Just like the STD’s are a result of unprotected sex and teachers also explain the painful consequence of the each disease. After most high schools changed their system to comprehensive sex classes the positive results are obvious and more students realize the importance of contraceptives. “In summary, these studies demonstrate that more than a third of the programmes[sic] increased condom or contraceptive use, while more than half reduced sexual risk-taking, either among entire samples or in important sub-samples” ( qtd.UNESCO 15). These were studies taken by more than several states in the U.S and showed a chart with different categories including use of condoms, birth control, and being sexually active. This was a summary explaining how sexual education either increased or made no effect on sex related topics. This is just more evidence on proving that teaching about how use contraceptives and about sexual transmitted diseases does not increase sex activity. It might not have any effect at all but at least it does not raise any percentage that has already been there before. With that being said many doctors are in favor as well and argue that couple years from now unintended pregnancy will go down.

Related Documents