The Battle Of Birth Control and Condoms In Our School Systems
Most parents believe that their teenage children are not sexually active; but in fact seventy-five percent of teenagers have had intercourse by the time they turn twenty; only fifteen percent report remaining virgins until the age of twenty-one (FFA, 1). The Guttmacher Institute reported that the United States has the highest level of teen pregnancy among developed nations and those teens in the U.S. are more likely to have sex before the age of 15, and to have more than one partner in a year (FFA, 1). Obviously, parents are not discussing sex, the consequences, and contraceptives with their children. With teen pregnancy on an extreme rise, it is time for the high schools, the place that most Americans teens spend most their time, to take a stance. High Schools have begun to administer and distribute condoms and birth control to students. As a firm believer in sex education, I support the movement. Long day at work, my family gathers around the dinner table, the topic of discussion is another 15 year-old teenage female has become pregnant in the city. The room grows pen-dropping quiet and my first reactions are anger and disbelief, however I ask my family do we have the right to be angry and disappointed? Life is so busy between work, taking care of the family, household duties, and leisure time that parents haven’t had the time to talk to their children about having sex, the consequences, and contraceptives. As working parents, the responsibility has been pushed upon on the school system, since sex education is a portion of the health class curriculum. The “sex” talk and the discussion of the consequences relies solely on the parent, however if the parent decides to neglect the issue, then the right belongs to the high school administrators. In recent news, school systems are battling outraged parents over the long dispute, in whether or not birth...