Sexual Education Should Be Taught At All And Out Of The Home

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Providing Healthy Sexual Education between Doctors, Parents, Schools, and Children The debate over whether comprehensive sexual education should be taught in schools is no less heated than it was when it first became a contemporary controversy in the 1960’s. Some argue that it should not be taught at all, in or out of the home. What many are unaware of is that sexual education has been a major moral dilemma since the year 1892, when the National Education Association passed a resolution citing the need for “moral education in the schools” (Cornblatt). This hot-button issue has made notably slow progress over the course of history, largely due to religious principles enforcing conservatism. Today, sexual education is mandatory in public…show more content…
It isn’t unusual for parents to feel that they are doing the greatest conceivable job of caring for their kids, and rightfully so. Many parents toil day in and day out to provide for their children, and to open doors to their childrens’ successful futures. So, when confronted with troubling facts, parents of this kind may be met with denial, displeasure, and even feelings of failure. Given the rise in teenage pregnancies seen among teen girls and a rise in the number of teens infected with STDs, these negative sentiments may be at their highest. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that “nearly half of the 19 million new STDs each year are among young people aged 15–24 years.” And more startlingly, “more than 400,000 teen girls aged 15–19 years gave birth in 2009” (CDC). The statistics are enough to make most any parents fretful of their child’s outside associations. But what is to be done about this growing problem? The first step is to admit that the problem is, of course, growing. If we fail to recognize the spread of teen pregnancy as a “trend” and the carelessness associated with the contraction of sexually transmitted diseases, it is difficult to take a step toward a brighter tomorrow. It can be morbidly frightening for parents (and not just those of young girls) to hear, as U.S. Department of Health & Human Services states, that “today, four in 10 sexually active
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