Sex Education in Public Schools

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Sex Education In Public Schools

Sex education in public schools has been a controversial issue in the United States for over a decade. With the HIV and teen pregnancy crises growing, sex education in schools is needed. Some believe that sex education should be taught at home by the children's parents. Others feel that sex education programs in schools do not put an emphasis on abstinence and encourages children to have sexual intercourse. American culture is very sexually oriented and sex is over the media in TV shows like “The Real World” and “Jersey Shore”. Parents do not realize the question that rings in the minds of teenagers everywhere is when to have sex and the most common conversation among students in schools is “sex”. Therefore, educating kids in school about sex from an early age is very important.

Teen pregnancy has been a problem for a long time and the cause is the lack of sexuality education. This problem can be controlled a little better if sex education started as early as kindergarten, children should be taught about relationships and to respect others. At different levels, kids could benefit from sex education. As children become teenagers, they should be taught about abstinence and the consequences of sex. And by high school since they are becoming sexually active they should be taught about contraceptives as well as about venereal disease and AIDS. This may not solve the high teen-pregnancy rate or the spread of sexually transmitted diseases among teens. However, it may stop the increase and cause teens to be more responsible when making a decision involving sex. Because some teens may not feel the emotional regret right after they have sex, but when time goes by and long-term effects start to be recognized, either by their unplanned children, or by diseases, the regret can hit with depression or low self-esteem. In fact, almost all teens, active in sexual relationships regret their earlier choice to have sex. Now, if they...
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