Sex Education and the Classroom

1778 WordsOct 8, 19998 Pages
In today's society there is an on going debate over sex education and its influence on our children. "The question is no longer should sex education be taught, but rather how it should be taught" (DeCarlo). With teenage pregnancy rates higher than ever and the imminent 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 harsh realities they are bound to encounter. Sex education has become an essential part of the curriculum and by removing the information provided by this class we'll be voluntarily putting our children in danger. During the teenage years every boy and girl…show more content…
Since family structure has changed, so have the way children are being raised. Society cannot count on all parents to instill morals into their children and teach them the facts of life or even the difference between right and wrong these days. Parents just don't have the time for it. Recently the Vatican released a document stating that " parents alone cannot give children the positive sex education they need to develop healthy attitudes towards sex" (Euchner). Another view on the subject taken by the Nebraska Public School system is that sex education in today's society is to complicated to be left to "the varying influences of parental attitudes and haphazard environmental exposure" (Chaumont et al.). Besides, even if the parent were around more often then not, the chances of a child approaching their parent about the "bird and the bees" is very unlikely. These children need to have a place were the information on this touchy subject is provided to them without them needing to ask. "Kids don't go asking their parents, this is the only way for them to find out answers because they are to embarrassed to ask anyone else," says Pallodino, and eighteen-year-old from Virginia. (O'Hanlon B8). In order for children to grow up with the correct information regarding sex, it is necessary to have sex education provided to them in schools. Even though sex education seems as if it can do no wrong, there still remain many

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