Should Sex Education Be Taught in Public Schools?
The decision to teach sex education has been in debate for a few generations. The actuality is that, for parents and communities, it is still a highly controversial issue that must be addressed. Many believe that the incidents of school-age children participating in sexual practices are increasing. What is more of a problem is that the media is continuously reporting that the ages of these children are decreasing. People who oppose sexual education feel that the courses themselves add to this trend. The reality is that fewer adolescents are having sex than in previous years, and this could have been influenced by sex education itself. In a time when HIV remains a dangerous factor, it is crucial to educate children about the very real threats to health and life posed by unprotected sex. Teaching sex education is never for the purpose of encouraging sex. Parents are still responsible for giving their children the values they believe they must have. Sex education in public schools is education first; therefore it is an obligation of the American school system. Even though some may feel sex education lowers the morality of people by teaching students how to use condoms and contraceptives, it should be taught in primary schools and secondary schools because it prevents sexual diseases and teenage pregnancy, it is a need in case of parents’ absence, and it gives children some idea of what is right and what is wrong. Many seem to feel that this education creates young people urges to experiment. There is no evidence to support that teaching sex education encourages active sexuality. Many states are developing legislation that addresses this fear from opponents. This seems to be a response to those afraid of moral decline, and one that emphasizes that the moral parts of the issue are beyond any school’s authority. It is highly unlikely that any school today would attempt to encourage students...
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