Mandatory Sex Education Classes Essay

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“Arizona is rated the fourth highest state for teen pregnancy for ages 15-19 years old. For every 1,000 girls 70 teens are pregnant. Also, Arizona is ranked 16th highest state for syphilis, as well as 11th highest state for chlamydia. In the state of Arizona, 406 people out of 100,000 have reported consuming an STD. The average national rate of STD cases reported for every 100,000 people is 348” (Innes). From the look of these statistics the state of Arizona has a problem with teen pregnancy and STD’s. Lowering these rates will not only help the economy, but as well as help the lives of the younger generation. A proven way to lower these terribly high rates is sex education. Sex education not only informs students of the consequences from …show more content…
A big opposition of sex education is for religious reasons. “Along with the religious reasons most parents are against sex education, because they believe that exposing children to sex at an early age through a health education class will cause them to have sex earlier than they should” (Why). Parents do not want to put the thought of sex into their children’s mind. Although, sex is already a thought in a child’s mind, it just is not understood. According to Eric Meyer, a board member of the Scottsdale Unified School District, “From a public health standpoint, this is the only place our kids get this information. And if they opt-out, they won’t get it anywhere” (Faller). While all parents have concerns when it comes to their child and sex, bring provided with medically accurate sex education is beneficial for the health and safety of the child.
A positive attribute to having sex education in all school curriculums, is that knowledge gained from this class is completely accurate in the medical standpoint. In order for schools to teach sex education, their curriculum has to be approved by the Arizona Department of Education. The Department of Education consult with nurses and other medical associates to find and provide the best, medically accurate sex education curriculum. Another aspect for the curriculum is “different myths of sex can be eliminated. For example, most teens believe that a girl cannot become pregnant when
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