In recent years, sex among the young people become the issue, serious problem but also taboo to talk. This condition is really danger if it is out of control, because it can broke the young generation. To prevent its problem, sex education is strongly needed. Sex education is the act of informing younger and adult generations about everything they need to know about sex. It includes other sensitive issues like sexual health, sexual reproduction, sexuality and others that parents often feel uncomfortable talking with their children. Therefore, it becomes the responsibility of schools to address this issue, and inform and educate students about it as much as possible
The purpose of this paper is to provide the arguments why sex education should be taught in school. This paper also provide the counter arguments of the opponents of banning taught sex education at school and some points of arguments to support taught sex education at school.
Those who dissagre if sex education should be taught in schools argues that it is not the place of school to talk about sex. It is belong to parent’s responsibility because they know what information is needed by their children. In any case, many parents feel not comfortable to talk it. It seems that most parents are either strongly against or strongly in favor of sex education classes, but very few parents are in the middle ground. Moreover, most students are mature enough to handle a sex education course, but sex education should not be taught by the parents alone and public schools should include sex education in their budget.
Some of the material wrote in this paper based on the observation in social reality and information in internet. The method I use is analysis based on the opinions by some writers, because there are many pros and cons of sexual education being taught in the public schools.
Firstly, teenagers are often very curious about sex. At this stage, it is important that they have been told basic and accurate information, including what sexual intercourse is, homosexuality, the negative consequences of sex, and information about protection. School is one of the best media to provide it. People say that sex education teaches the students (teenagers) about how sexual intercourse is done but the truth is sex education lets the students know about the concequences and the truth about sex.
Moreover, the generation today just keeps on getting worse. The media and technology played a big role on this. Students can now access any site on the internet that contains adult content or pornographic materials. That is why sex education should be implemented in schools. It is better for students to be informed earlier because they will still know about it when they grow up as they will be more exposed to it through their peers and the media (Cooper, n.d.).
Most parents feel that the best place for sex education is in the home. The parents can teach their children family and religious value. Teacher Mary L. Tatum said that schools do a better job influence children and have more time to try to influence children better than anyone except, perhaps, the parents. It is important that parents give sex information. But, school need to reinforce what the parents teach to make sure what the information is correct.
In case the parents are always away from their children, sex education should be taught to them so that they would learn it from an educated and reponsible adult instead of learning it from the media or from their friends (Masland, n.d.). There will always be peers who would badly influence others.
Another reason is that not all parents know how to talk to their children, and if they do the children do not always understand or listen to what the parents have to say.
According to APPCNC (Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Coalition of North Carolina) research, parents who talk to their children about sex tend to encourage their children to delay first time sexual intercourse. But, passed attitudes of parents are, once a child is taught about sex, they fully understand all taht is needed to be undersood, and there is never a need to talk about sex again. (Berne, pg.2).
But, some children do what the parents tell not to do. In this case, it would be bad to have the parents talk to the child and will get their sex education from another source, their peers. Peers exchange information in locker rooms, play grounds and parties. Dorothy W. Baruch found that, Childish Imagining usually changes sexual ideas a lot more that getting facts. This is how many teens get most of their information about sex.
Most people who are against teaching sex education in schools have the opinion that, sex education encourage students to become sexually active at younger ages. But, the World Health Organization (WHO) has reviewed 35 scientifically controlled studies in the U.S and abroad, and found that no program increased the invitation of sexual intercourse over the control group.
In conclusion, sex education should be taught in schools, because it is better to consider health than beliefs and we should consider reality. Since immorality cannot be eliminated and teenagers cannot be stopped from becoming sexually active, we should implement sex education in schools, as early as primary school. It is also the only savior for children whose parents are always away from them and that is why sex education is needed in school. Through sex education, students will be able to learn the truth about sex and control themselves.
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