Sex Education And Sexual Education

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Sex education is and always has been lacking in our country. An increase in sexual education would be greatly appreciated from almost everybody, especially with how high the sexually transmitted disease rate has raised in the past twenty years. Sex education can be used to teach young people how to have safe sex and show them the scary truths of sex that they are never taught otherwise. To lower STD rates and raise pregnancy awareness in younger people, schools and parents should be teaching children about sex.
According to the Collins English Dictionary, sex education is education in schools on the subject of sexual activity and sexual relationships. Sex education should be targeted at every child to provide them with the knowledge they will need to engage in sexual activities safely and respectively. While most parents choose to believe that abstinence-only education will suffice in preventing teenage pregnancy and the spread of STD’s, the reality is that sex is a natural act that some children will engage in regardless of their knowledge of the act.
Unfortunately, the need for sex education to be provided for children is not being recognized by the federal government. The federal government invests over $170 million every year into abstinence-only education programs for schools. The focus of these programs is not only to enforce a strict abstinence-only approach, but it also puts an emphasis on the negatives of sex. Refusing to educate students on the importance of sex
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