Jordan Terry, Sade’ Mack, S’Vari Becton
November 24, 2014
Mandatory Sex Education
It is time that we revisit sexual education in America’s schools and make it part of the curriculum in every middle and high school. The absence of sexual education has had a negative effect on today’s youth. In today’s society it is not rare to see a young teen pregnant, or even a young teen mother with multiple children. There is also an outraging amount of young teens and young adults walking around with STIs. These are issues in American that need to be addressed and it is going to start by enforcing sexual education in America’s schools.
According to America’s Center for Disease Control, 47 percent of high school students have had sex. This information only is coming from the students who admitted to it. The average teen has been exposed to sexually explicit movies, games and shows more than ever. Therefore instead of learning from a valuable resource such as school, they are learning from the world around them. Every day teens are overwhelmed with sex; what they are lacking is efficient education. A new report from the Center of Disease Control says one in five births to U.S teens ages 15-19 is not the first child. This data comes from 365,000 teens who gave birth in 2010 and it shows 67,000 of those were the teen mom’s second child. This is an overwhelming fact because, it is shocking to first see that teens 15 to 19 have at least one child, but it is really a problem when teens have more than one child. If teenagers were properly educated then the numbers would slowly decrease.
Only 22 states and the District of Colombia mandate that sexual education is taught which includes HIV/AIDS instructions also. 33 states and the District of Colombia require schools to have instructions about HIV/AIDS. 19 states require that if provided, sex education must be medically, factually or technically accurate. State definitions of “medically accurate" vary, from requiring that the department of health review curriculum for accuracy, to mandating that curriculum be based on information from “published authorities upon which medical professionals rely.” All schools in America should follow the 22 states that require sexual education. 37 states and the District of Columbia require school districts to allow parental involvement in sexual education programs. Three states require parental consent before a child can receive instruction. 35 states and the District of Columbia allow parents to opt-out on behalf of their children. Parents should be notified of what their child is learning in school, but they should not be able to opt-out of sexual education programs, it’s the children of parents like that who will not be educated on what to do when sex is thrown in their face.
In addition to teen pregnancy other consequences are sexually transmitted infections. Young people ages 15 to 24 represent 25 percent of the sexually active population, but acquire half of all new STIs, which amount to 9.8 million new cases a year. About 3.2 million adolescent females are infected with at least one of the most common STIs. Human papillomavirus is the most common STI among teens; some estimates find that up to 35 percent of teen’s ages 14 to 19 have HPV. Girls age 15 to 19 have the highest rates of Gonorrhea and the second highest rate of Chlamydia of any age group. Male teens also contract STIs, but they often go undiagnosed or untreated so they are not reported at a high rate like teen females.
Parents should be preparing their children for the world, but sadly most aren’t doing so. Children should be nurtured, and reared in a way which leads to them living a safe, healthy and successful life. Some parents find it hard and even uncomfortable to talk to their teens about sex. Which in turn leaves teens curious so they seek information from other sources, such as the internet or social media. There are many children who are not getting the...
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