Should Sexual Education Be Taught in Schools

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Should Sexual Education be taught in schools?
Academic Reading, Writing and Research Skills EDFN 111B Lecturer: Barbara Constance Student: Jodianne Nicholas

Should Sexual Education be taught in schools?
Sexual education is the process of acquiring information and forming attitudes and beliefs about sex, sexual identity, relationships and intimacy. It is also about developing skills that help adolescents make informed choices about their behaviour, and feel confident and competent about acting on these choices. Sexual education entails helping teenagers to protect themselves against abuse, exploitation, unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV and AIDS. There are many controversies surrounding the implementation of sexual education into the classroom as a regular part of instruction. It is a delicate issue and there are many pros and cons to this topic being taught in the public schools. Contrasting views as to whether it should be taught are held by parents and teachers alike. However according to Rhoda Reddock, UWI Deputy Principal, "SEX is something we need to take seriously; just like food, it is pleasurable but it could kill you. We just can't keep sweeping it under the carpet." Sex education aims to reduce the risks of potentially negative outcomes from sexual behaviour and it also helps fulfill the rights of the child to be adequately information about matters that affect them. Therefore I believe sexual education should be taught in schools in Trinidad and Tobago because it would teach students about their body, let them be better informed and reduce promiscuity among teenagers. One reason why sexual education classes should be implemented in schools is because it would teach students about their body and what to expect. Halstead and Reiss noted that “just as one should learn something about the history and geography of one’s country, one should learn...
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