Why The Importance Of Sex Education

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For centuries the education field has experienced controversial topics and this has forced the question of which of these topics do teacher decided to educate on, and if it is appropriate for the classroom. Sex education has been amongst those topics where states have had to decide if sex education was needed and if it was deemed necessary for proper education. Sex Education had gone through a large transformation and it is more essential now more than ever with th rising teen pregancy rates and STD rates amongst teens.Sex education should be implemented at a federal level for high school students.
Sex education was never been mandated on a federal level and it has been left up to the states to decide. According to the Future of Sex Education
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“In one study, most American adults supported sex education that includes information about both abstinence and also contraception and condoms. In fact, 89 percent believed that it is important for young people to have information about contraception and prevention of STIs and that sex education should focus on how to avoid unintended pregnancy and STIs, including HIV” (Darroch, Singh S, 1999). When our parents even recognize and support the decision of teaching sex education then it is time for the schools to realize this as well. Over ¾ of all adults recognize the importance of sex education which could be due to a variety of reasons. Talking about sex education could be uncomfortable for parents which could be the reason why teaching it could has such a benefit for the students. “In another recent survey, 94 percent of adults and 93 percent of parents said that sex education should cover contraception. Only 15 percent of Americans wanted abstinence-only education taught in the classroom” (Feijoo, Grayton, 2004). When adults realize how important sex education is then it shows that this is something that is an absolute necessity. The biggest obstacle the school has to face is what is best for the students and when the parents and school are one the same page is when we will see progression towards overcoming the unbearable pregnancy rates then we will be successful. In a perfect world youth would wait until they are married to engage in sexual activity, but this world is only a fantasy that must be abandoned. Our goal as educators should be to prepare the students for the unplanned, and unexpected, which would only be attainable through sex education classes. When students don 't learn comprehensive sex education then they search for answers in their peers and media which could be more harmful than being taught at school from an educated

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