ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Sex Ed Classes in High Schools : Promoting The Wrong Messages To Teens?

Updated on January 21, 2011

Sex Education, also known as sex-ed, is a class mandatory in most public high schools. The class is definitely beneficial as far as us students being educated about our bodies, sexual intercourse, and our reproductive systems. However, sad to say -I believe the overall message this class attempts to promote is unrealistic.

What does sex education teach?

  • human sexual anatomy

  • sexual reproduction

  • sexual intercourse

  • reproductive health

Sounds like good stuff, huh?

Indeed! Do not get me wrong, these are important concepts we NEED to be educated on.

However, sex education promotes abstinence* as it's overall message?

*Not Having Sex*

Abstinence is a great moral to live by while you're young.

But - Sad to say, teens are having sex!

We've been hearing the "Don't have sex speech" all throughout our lives.

In my opinion, the classes' overall message should promote the use of contraceptives, and protecting ourselves. I feel as if this route could be the start in preventing many teen pregnancies.

This route can help teens be more informed on how to protect themselves in general.

If not currently. than for their future!

I would love to hear some feedback on how others feel about the issue, for I've had many people strongly agree with me, and strongly disagree!

It would be nice to hear from some other teens, and some parents as well.

Everyone's feedback is appreciated!

Thanks so much :)




Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Denise Handlon profile image

      Denise Handlon 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Okay, Briana Jill- here's my opinion about what you write about. We are generations apart. You, a teen, me-an old(er) lady born in the 50's and part of the 'hippie' generation. I have a couple of decades of experience on you. I have raised two daughters who are now in their thirties and let me tell you, I could have written this hub!

      In fact, I actually did write something like this back in the mid 70's. It was a very long letter to the editor of the newspaper: the Mining Journal, from Marquette MI about the closing of a Planned Parent Clinic.

      Not having been raised in the upper peninsula I was much more open minded about the need for 'support' for teens. I moved to the area through marriage and found myself facing a whole different world of teen pregnancy, poverty, and high school drop outs due to the pregnancy issue.

      And here was a place for teens to 'protect' themselves from an unwanted preg. which would (in the best case scenario) help them to stay in school, get educated and stop the cycle of poverty. But, the 'good people' of the town wanted to close it down.

      I was shocked to find that not only had the editor ran my letter, but he never edited one single word. He ran the lengthy letter that could have been an article in itself with all of the analytical points I had made.

      There were alot of narrow minded people in that town, but I got a good deal of positive support from many people as well for speaking out about the ignorance of a few people with clout.

      So, we are not that different in our opinions about this subject, despite our age difference.

      And, here is my point: It is a fact that teens experiment with sex. It is a fact that they do not all abstain from sex prior to marriage. It is a fact that there are many STD's that they expose themselves to and that there are other risks as well i.e. pregnancy.

      Given all of this, sex education is not complete when only one option is given. Kids don't want to hear 'just say no'. They want to be realistic and prepared.

      As a parent of two children my opinion back then was-prepare them. Give them a chance to finish being a teen before they become a parent.

      As a grandparent of 4 and the guardian of a teen boy, my opinion after all of these years has not changed.

      Useful hub. I hope more people read it. :)

    • burning bush profile image

      burning bush 

      8 years ago

      Well said!

    • rajivnandy profile image

      rajivnandy 

      8 years ago from India !!

      informative hub there ....keep writing n god bless!!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)