Sex Education in Schools Pros and Cons

Sex education means educating younger and adult generations on everything they need to know about sex. Sex education is one of the most controversial issues in education that has been floating in educational institutions for ages.

Sex education is not just about sex. It includes other sensitive topics such as sexual health, sexual reproduction, sexuality and others that parents often feel uncomfortable talking about with their children. Therefore, it is the responsibility of schools to address this issue and to inform and educate students about it as much as possible.

Sex education in schools is often seen as a recreational course rather than a serious issue. There are many pros and cons of sex education taught in the public schools.

Benefits of sex education in schools:

– Classes are gender specific. This saves students embarrassment and teaches them only what they need to know based on their gender.

– Properly taught, sex education could become a regular and ongoing human anatomy and biology, complete with tests and grading leading to completion points.

– Students can be taught the correct terms of the reproductive system of sexually transmitted diseases and birth control instead of “street jargon”.

– Sexual myths can be dispelled (e.g. not getting pregnant the first time).

– Studies show that many teenagers become sexually active before entering school. Class involvement principles have been shown to help students stay or abstain, or at least be accountable when they are active.

– Adequate education can have an impact on the prevention of sexual problems in adulthood.

Disadvantages of sex education in schools:

– Students may still be embarrassed or aroused by the material. This can lead to classrooms spiraling out of control when students laugh or make inappropriate comments.

– Most lessons are taught as a short interlude in physical education or health classes. This is not enough time to effectively relate to serious material.

– Sex education can often go against a person’s moral or religious beliefs. Many schools not only teach abstinence but teach how to have sex safely, while many religious and families emphasize marriage before intercourse.

– Sex education is often viewed as a “recreational course” rather than a serious subject (this is directly related to the fact that there are no grades or scores that can be derived from the lessons).

– Teachers are not always adequately trained to teach sex education and may violate their own beliefs or morals on the subject instead of proceeding with the facts.

– The attitudes of parents, educators, and religious leaders in the community can do things that vary from state to state, or even school to school.

Thanks to Alison Mia Parker | #Sex #Education #Schools #Pros #Cons

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