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

2589 WordsMar 9, 201511 Pages
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 schools in 22 of 50 states in the U.S. Due to little advancement made in the administration of sexual education programs, citizens of the U.S. have overlooked a deeper underlying issue – and that is, at what stage in adolescence is it necessary and most beneficial for this complicated, life-long learning process to begin? Also due in part to the slow progress these programs have made over time, some parents have even neglected to touch upon the issue entirely. What’s more, these continued failures to be proactive have led to the misuse of some of society’s most prominent resources. Non-“abstinence-only-until-marriage” sexual education in institutions of education, reinforced by doctors, parents, and/or guardians in the stages preceding
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