Sex Education in the Classroom
SOC 100-70 – Principles of Sociology
October 11, 2011
Sex Education in Classroom
Sex education in the classroom is very important in today’s society. Jones (2009) stated that “America has fallen victim to a plague of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD's) and teen pregnancy, and there is only one way to dig ourselves out of this hole: sex education”. With teenage pregnancy rates higher than ever and the realistic threat of the contraction of STD's, such as HIV, the role of sex education in the school is of greater importance now then ever before. By denying children sex education you are in a sense sheltering them from the cruel realities they are bound to encounter. Sex education is an important health strategy and this cannot be denied, it is an essential part of the curriculum and by removing any information provided by this we will be putting our children in danger.
Girls and boys go through major changed during the teenage years, they have major changes in their bodies that most of the time needs explaining. Teenagers who have formal sex education are more likely to delay their first sexual encounter. Sex education can help children to deal with the physical and behavioral changes that they are going through. A good example is when a female gets her first menstruation and the uneasiness she may feel. If this girl had been taught about these changes prior to it happening, then she will be better to accept and understand it and it would be greatly
enhanced. The physical and behavioral changes all begin without warning and a child needs to know why these changes are occurring
Students should be taught about all parts of their bodies and how and why it works the way it does. Learning and understanding about how their body works is a important part any person's life and the ability to gain this knowledge should not be removed. They should be taught about abstinence, how to abstain from sex until marriage. They need to know how to prevent sexually transmitted diseases such as, HIV, aids, Chlamydia, gonorrhea, HPV, herpes and many others. They must be taught how to use birth control effectively such as, birth control pills, condoms, the patch, IUD and many others. Drug and alcohol abuse should be discussed to, as these are things that can contribute to sexual activity.
Teenagers begin to experience sexual urges because of their hormones at the beginning of puberty. It's not something that can be controlled or that someone else can control like a parent or teacher. It is a part of puberty that everyone goes through in their younger years. This is the time when teenagers begin to start experimenting. They begin to explore their bodies and are curious about the bodies of other people. Students need the support from schools to know they have somewhere to go for advice if they do not feel comfortable talking with their parents. When attending sex education classes the students are taught about different methods of contraception, including abstinence. By teaching
the students about the STD’s they can contract and then about the many types of contraception’s they can use, the chance of contraceptives being used is greatly increased.
Many schools have recently have begun to distribute condoms to students in their schools hoping to encourage students to practice safe sex. Parents are also encouraged to discuss sex education with their children. Home is where it should begin, if children sense their parent’s uneasiness to talk about it, then they will be more likely to get their information from someone unreliable. All schools should have at least one program dedicated to sex education. The Australian (2007) states that, “teenage boys who had sex education in school were 71 percent less likely...
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Guttmacher Institute, Sex and STD/HIV education, State Policies in Brief, August 2011, , accessed Aug 18, 2011.
G.W. Woo (2011) Factors affecting sex education in the school system, Journal of pediatric and adolescent gynecology 24(3), pg 142-146
The Australlian (2007) Sex education classes delay first encounter, LexisNexis Academic first edition, pg 7.
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