shouls sex education be taught in public schools?why or why not??

Kayla - posted on 12/23/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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Sex education should be taught in public schools for many reasons. For instance, if it was still being taught, the rate of STDs and teen pregnancies could be lowered. The students would get the information they need to make informed discussions. Education is the best way to help students to do the right thing. They could also discuss the dangers of STDs and how teens’ getting pregnant at such a young age is very difficult and how it can change their lives forever. The children would also learn about condoms. They would get information about what they are, how they are used, and how they prevent pregnancies, but not STDs. They would also learn about different types of birth control and how it works and where they can get it.

Students aren’t getting the information that they need to from the right sources. Talking to friends isn’t the best way to leant about such important things. Many students don’t know how to prevent catching an STD because the information is no longer available in school. Parents also don’t give this information to their children because of three reasons. One, the Parent doesn’t know how to approach their child about the subject or they don’t know what to say about it. The second reason is that it’s an uncomfortable subject to be talking to their child about. Thirdly, it could be that the parents are too busy with their own daily schedule and they don’t have time to sit down and talk about sex with their child.

If sex education was still being taught in public schools, it would answer a lot of questions the students have about the subject. It would also break the ice with their parents and allow the children to open up about the subject to learn more about it outside of school. They would know that they can go home and talk to their parents or other family members about the subject they want to know more about. Students would also learn about the free clinics in the area that they can go to for help or more information. For example, in my community they have what’s called Prohealth.

Prohealth is a clinic for teens who are embarrassed to talk to their friends and family about sex, STDs, or even pregnancy. There are nice people at Prohealth who keep everything confidential and answer any questions teens may have. Prohealth has all kinds of information that students should know about. They will show teens how condoms work, how they are used properly and how they prevent pregnancies. They highly recommend that teens who are searching for answers wait as long as they can before having sex, but if they don’t wait then Prohealth offers them free condoms and explains to them that it would be in their best interest to use them every time they have intercourse. Then they would give the teen pamphlets with the information they need to know when they leave the clinic.

Now that students aren’t being taught sex education, the pregnancy and STD rate has increased over the years. The children who catch an STD don’t understand how they caught it or who they caught it from. Then, they have questions that won’t be answered because they are too embarrassed to tell anyone about their situation. So they have to live with the STD the rest of their life. As their life goes on, they begin to realize that the STD is never going to go away. They have to live with it. The worst part about having an STD is that they have to tell every partner they are with at the time. Most times when they tell their partner that they have an STD, the partner will go get tested. In many situations the partner leaves because they don’t want to catch it, or they are embarrassed.

In conclusion, if sex education was being taught in public schools these situations could be prevented. They could also be approached differently by the teens. The teen pregnancy rate could be lowered along with the STD rates. Students would be provided with the information they need to prevent getting an STD or getting pregnant at such a young age. They would also learn about many places they can turn to for information or help with any situation they got themselves into. If sex education was being taught, they could open up to their parents about it and receive information from someone they know and are comfortable talking to. I think the school board should put sex education back into public schools so the students have the information available to them and to prevent higher pregnancy and STD rates.

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Christie - posted on 12/27/2009

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I am a mother to a 10 yr old girl, I have always taught her the true words to body parts,etc. when she would ask a question I would answard it to her level, I have tryed to make it that it is not embersing but it is life, when she was about 8, she seen a picture of what looked like a egg inside a female, she asked me what it was I told her it was the begining of a baby, she then asked if she eat a egg would she get pregnate? So I explaned a special egg is already inside a lady and when the guys sprem meets that egg it will turn into the starting a baby called fetus, and that was it, I talk to her slowly about things, she knows what is going on and is able to be comfotable at school when these things come up, I think it does start in the home and then small groups at schools to learn and talk about it

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Karrie - posted on 12/26/2009

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i am certanily not agianst teaching it in school, but parents should really remember all the misinformation that we heard growing up. i have 3 teenagers, all of them have been taught about safe sex and the importance of abstance. i have been open with my kids about all their questions and they know that if they decide that they cant wait condoms and bc are avalible to them. it is the parents responsibility to teach their own kids about sex, and if you want to complaine about what or how it is taught in school then do it yourself as i have. my boys ask some questions just to see how i will respond, but just be honest with them. and please remind your boys to treat all girls/women as they would expect their sisters/moms to be treated..

Meredith - posted on 12/26/2009

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middle school ok not 2nd grade- please! what is happening in our public schools- I mean you can not even say merry christmas- what is the world coming to?

Jodene - posted on 12/26/2009

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I agree! sex education should be taught in schools. It provides an introduction into a subject matter that is often not talked about between parent and child. In the school setting children will talk amongst their friends about what they have heard in the classroom which is so healthy. Kids want to know! And if the child is 'of the age' then getting them the information that will help them make good decisions about their health then all the better. The alternative to 'no information' is teenage pregnancy, STDS, AIDS, more unplanned pregnancies, potential for increase in child abuse, etc., etc. I hope that sex education will continue to be a feature of all children's education. We have sex ed in our school in Portland, OR and I am proud and thankful for it!

Meredith - posted on 12/26/2009

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it is being taught in Public schools- as early as 2nd grade- not necessary- one of the many reasons I am sending my son next year to private school

Meagan - posted on 12/25/2009

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i think it should be because u are always hearing about girls getting pregnant younger and younger i was reading a magazine and a girl gave birth to a baby she was 12 that is so young i thought i was young when i had my 1st i was only 22 a lot of kids dont know about sex and protection so i do think they should in most school anyway the principal sends home a permission slip for sex education u do have the right as a parent to say no to it but isent the more knowledge the better also wouldent u prefer your child to have as much knowledge about that then being clueless and comming home at the age of 10-15 and telling u your going to be a grandparent before your ready i know i would i have a 10 yr old daughter and i know personaly i dont want to become a grandmother before im old

Shonene - posted on 12/25/2009

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I firmly believe sex education should be taught in school. Every single day (even with monitoring and supervision) children are inundated with sexual innuendo, TV programs and books with sexual content, and let's not even get started on the ploy of marketing with in the pop media circuit.

It's a confusing and scary world out there, education is the key to any type of prevention.

I have been open, honest, direct, and compassionate with my own daughter who is 5. I would be the same with any child or tween who needs it. Teaching Abstinence only is not the answer either.

MODERATION, MODERATION, MODERATION: with open communication is the key to education.

Angie - posted on 12/25/2009

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I think there are so many children who don't have parents who are open with them about sex and for this reason it should be an OPTION in the schools. We talk about sex with our children at home and do not have the same opinion as most in our society today. We are Christian and do our best to live by the 10 Commandments and believe sex outside of marriage goes against that. We also don't believe in using birth control (and I know that we are not alone). For these reasons I don't want my children being taught in school. For these children who's parents will not speak about sex at home, it might be important.

Kayla - posted on 12/23/2009

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the teachers should specific topics about sex to talk about like stds,what condoms are and how they are used and what they prevent. they should also learn about birth control and how to use it properly and that it doesnt prevent sdts. I also agree that there should be a letter to the parents about what the topics will be about and what the children will be learning about it. they should also have a meeting where the parents can go and come up with specific topics that should be taight instead of the teacher walking into the class room with his head in the clouds about things. really teaching studesnts about boys having wet dreams should not be mentioned...it isnt necessary...thats a guy thing...what does that have to do with girls...its just humiliating the guys...I agree that parents should talk to their kids about sex and things along the lines of it...but if the schools send home letters about what topics are going to taught at least they can build off of that and break the ice with their children about it. but if they have some topics in front of them, the parents will know where to beign with the conversation with their children about sex. also they should talk to the students as well as parents should talk to their children about PEER PRESSURE...many times when students/children do things is because they are being pressured into doing things they dont want to do but they do it because they want to be cool...but it doesnt make them cool...it makes them give themselves a name and their goes their reps. parents should talk to their children about peer pressure so that way the children know whats right and wrong before they go and do something stupid that will follow them for the rest of there lives.for instance...when parents give there children cell phones that have cameras on it...you should talk about all the dangers about the cell phone and the things they should NOT do with it that could get them in serious trouble...like take nude pics and send them to ppl...or give out their number on th internet...ect...there are so many web sites and resources that parents can go to, to find info about how to talk to their children about these things...just remember no one and no ones children will ever be perfect no matter what you talk about with them. children will do what they please to experiment and experience things in their life time...but as a parent at least if you talk to them about certain subjects it will stick in the back of their minds and it will be up to the children to use the info you gave them.

Tavi - posted on 12/23/2009

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it needs to be taught! parents should be notified before hand but it is soooooooo important for these kids to know this they are starting to have sex at younger ages,they need to be educated because some parents arent even talking to their children about it and this is stuff these kids need to know

Jessica - posted on 12/23/2009

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I think it should be taught, but parents need to be informed BEFORE the class begins and should have a list of what is being taught. My daughter just went through this in 4th grade! The teacher FORGOT TO MENTION this unit was coming up at conferences at the end of November. I was shocked to find out what she was learning about, they even told the girls that the boys have "wet dreams" - is that really necessary??

Kryss - posted on 12/23/2009

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I have my opinion as i am sure others do. Although i do agree at some point the schools should make students aware i also firmly believe it should first and foremost come from within the home. If your child learns it at school first....is sad...meaning are the parnts even invovled in their childs life??? Teen pregnancys happen..its a fact...but, even though it may call for a time it be taught in schools it also raiss the bar for parents to do thier job more! I have a 10 yr old and ...i wouldnt want some school system to educate him on sex.....It has to begin in the home!

Michelle - posted on 12/23/2009

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I agree that it should be taught in school still, however I also think that a letter should be send home before telling what will be taught that day so that the parent can decide if they what their child their or not. Educating the parents would also help out as we think we know more then we really do.

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