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
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