The Current Texas Sex Education System Essay

1079 Words May 5th, 2016 5 Pages
There is no arguing that Texas public schools are drastically far behind in sex education programs. But what would you expect from a state that has the fourth highest teen pregnancy rate in the nation? In most Texas high schools, it is not unusual to see a young girl walking around school pregnant. The Texas education system seems to think that the method of strictly teaching abstinence is effective, however, how can it possibly be effective if nearly an 8th of the nation’s teen pregnancies are coming from Texas? The public education system is simply too scared to talk to students about sex. In this paper I will discuss why the current Texas sex education system is failing us and how providing a more open, honest education to students would be beneficial to our society. I will do this by drawing from Jeremy Bentham’s and John Stuart Mill’s views on Utilitarianism and Betty Friedan’s “The Feminine Mystique”.

As it is now, teens living in Texas are not required to ever be educated about contraceptives. Instead, the system attempts to convince students that abstinence is their only real option. This method is simply not up to date with modern society. Over half of Texas youth have admitted to be being sexually active as teenagers, sadly only 11% of those students reported that they regularly used birth control and a daunting 20% reported not using any sort of protection at all.(Guttmacher Institute)That puts one fifth of our teenagers at risk for pregnancy. It is logical…

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