Sex Education And Sexual Education

1253 Words Dec 9th, 2015 6 Pages
Would you rather have public schools teach sexual education classes, or teach abstinence education classes? Pregnancy rates in America are slowly decreasing, but are still extremely high. According to K. F. Stanger-Hall (2011), Pregnancy rates in America are more than double the rates of other countries with 72.2% per 1000 girls between the ages of 15-19 becoming pregnant. The best way to lower teen pregnancy is to teach about prevention in schools with sex education or abstinence classes. Teenagers need to learn about sex so that they will be prepared for life situations, know how to use contraception, and refrain from going through pregnancy before the teen is ready for a child. Sexual Education is more effective and is a better option to teach about.
Sexual Education
Sex education classes teach students about what sex is and how to have sex safely. This provides a comfortable place for teenagers to learn about safe sex without feeling embarrassed. Students need to learn about contraception, STDs, and how sex is healthy and normal. If the schools do not teach about sex, the students will learn about sex from other teenagers who do not know what they are talking about. According to J. Walker (2004), learning about sex in high school will prepare the teenagers that are going to have sex at that age anyways and also prepare the teenagers for when they are adults that are getting married. Abstinence would be effective, but not all students are going to abide by this…
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