Sex Education in Public Schools Essay

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Sex Education in Schools Children all over the country who sit down in their classes are being taught sex education. There are books, videos, special speakers and qualified teachers for the subject. Depending on where a child lives, the education he or she is being taught might vary. For example, Wyoming, North Dakota, Minnesota, Maine and Utah do not require schools to provide sexuality or STD/HIV education, (they teach abstinence). District of Columbia, on the other hand, must include contraception with condoms available (Innerst). I was once shown a book that was used to teach sex education to fifth graders in an inner-city school. The book was softbound, about one hundred pages in length, and had cartoon-like colored…show more content…
As fifth graders, I can safely say that my class was not mature enough to talk about sex. Yet today they are teaching sex education to children in the third grade in some areas of the country, and they are discussing sex (Hogan). Ruby Hogan, the marketing administrator at Teen Aid, Inc., gave me one example of a forth grade class who was being taught sex education. In this class was a boy who raised his hand in his sex education class to ask the teacher, "why intercourse caused air to go into and then escape a girl's vagina and how to stop it from happening." This forth grader had been in sex education classes for a year starting in the third grade and used a book similar to the one described earlier. His teacher reported that these types of questions started coming from him halfway through the first year of sex education. This is not something that our forth grade boy's should be asking, and it is not something that they need to be answered for them either. The boy's teacher, (who at the time believed in what she was doing, but later chose to start teaching children abstinence) fully answered the boys question, and at the end of each class, made sure condoms were available for the children. Her belief was that children would do what they want to, so we as adults need to prepare them to be as safe and as prepared as they can be to reduce the risk for them. Many people explain that "children will be children", and that
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