Soaring rates of STDs in teens are adding to the debate about sex education. Teens who are educated it sex are more likely to wait until they are married to have sex. Also if teens are educated in sex they will be scared of being with more than one partner because of the risk of STDs. More than two thirds of all public school districts have a policy to teach sex education classes. Recent research shows that abstinence-only strategies may deter contraceptive use among sexually active teenagers, increasing their risk of unintended pregnancy and STDs.
Adolescent sex is the popular thing to do. In the 1980s and 1990s, adolescents were being taught that sex was a taboo and should occur when married. Lately, puberty is occurring at a younger age and the tradition of delaying marriage till later in life is still in practice. A growing number of sexually transmitted diseases occur more frequently in adolescents (Fantasia, 2008). In society today, sex among adolescents is on the rise due to lack of education, lack of parental influence, and pre-dominance of peer pressure.
Sex education is designed not only to make children aware of their changing bodies, but also to help them to protect themselves when they become sexually active from STDs and early pregnancy. We all have heard about girls getting pregnant in their teen age, so if they are given the knowledge of how to protect themselves and from these situations, it will help the girls prevent themselves to get pregnant in their teen age. Sex education not only educates girls of how to protect themselves but it also helps in making boys more open minded towards
This crisis of teenage pregnancy and unplanned parenthood must be addressed. The scale and importance of immediate, short-term sexual and reproductive health problems among adolescents is significant (Ross 2). Educating teenagers about contraception makes those young people more likely to use contraception when they begin having sex. As one author asserts, “Contraceptive focused sex education programs may be effective at reducing risky sexual behavior among those who participate” (Kearney 2). Teaching teenagers about contraceptive options decreases teen pregnancy rates.
Students should be able to take sex education while in high school. The program may or may not promote sex towards young teens. Whether the school teaches them about abstinence and birth control, at least they will have an education about safe sex. Around sophomore year in high school, sex education is a requirement for the general education. The school’s job is to inform students about the process of having sex, the organs, and the outcome when being sexually active.
According to Sullivan-Anderson (2009), "We now have a pretty good sense of which sex-education approaches work." A plentiful mass of exploration, containing a 2007 Bush legislation report, has proven that comprehensive sex education is the most adequate for changing adolescent sexual behaviors. Although comprehensive sex education programs are widely uncontroversial outside of Washington, ample amounts of parents favor this program. The debate argues mostly about what investments are essential to educate adolescents about their sexuality and the meaning of a healthy relationship in an honest and responsible manner. Students need educational programs that last more than two weeks which can give them an invulnerable space to then go to for unanswered questions and advice.
There are many ways in which a teenage pregnancy can be prevented. The most popular solution would be NOT to have sex as a teen. Having “safe sex” is another way to prevent a pregnancy of a teen. Making sure that all teens have the access of a sexual education class in their early years, such as in middle school will help in detouring them from wanting to have sex, especially after being educated about what happens when someone has sex. As well as knowing the facts of how it can change their lives forever.
Many people against the programs that allow schools to give out condoms feel that instead, there should be more emphasis on sexual education programs to educate students about the dangers and risks of having sex and to promote abstinence. In 1999, a research study found that 106 out of every 1000 females between the ages of 15 and 19 were pregnant, had a miscarriage, or an abortion within the previous year. This was, of course, before some schools began making condoms available for students. So even if the use of condoms has not slowed down sexual activity in young people, the availability of being able to
Abstinence-plus Education first, encourages teens to be abstinence, but recognizes that abstinence may not be the choice for all teens. Even though, comprehensive sex education greatly emphasizes the benefits of being abstinent, Abstinence-only opponents argue that educating teens on sex before marriage is immoral and should not be taught in schools. On the other hand, what does that approach say to gay and lesbian students forbidden by law to “marry” in a legal sense (Wiley)? However, Abstinence-only Education is being taught in many public schools throughout the country, but studies show that more than 50 percent of students between the ages of 13-15 have already engaged in some type of sexual activity. In addition, the majority of those teens were unaware of the health risk and impact that unprotected or premature sex can have on their lives.
This statistic portrays an important facet of the abstinence argument. Teens who have sex before legal age of consent have problems maintaining a relationship, which is why 13.8% of high school students had four or more sex partners throughout their grade-school experience. Statistics also show that adults who wait to have sex until they are married have a lower chance of being divorced than those who have had premarital sex. This emotional instability is a by-product of underage sex and can be avoided if one would simply practice sexual abstinence. When a teenager participates in sex, their brain is often not fully developed; Having sex at an age of which your brain is not fully developed carries many consequences.