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Comprehensive Sex Education Should Be Taught in Schools

Updated on August 19, 2014

Here's What I Think about Sex Education in the Schools

There are only a few people who oppose sex education in schools, but more people oppose comprehensive sex education over abstinence-only programs. Although I understand the value of wanting kids to wait, I think it's misguided to think that having good information about sex and sexuality makes kids engage in such activity sooner. I also believe the lack of information puts kids at great risk.

I think that good, accurate information provided when it's age and developmentally appropriate, helps kids protect themselves against predators, assures that they develop a positive body image, and eventually are able to form better, healthier relationships once they are adults. Misinformation gained from peers and the media aren't a good way of gaining the information needed. Knowledge can make for healthier, safer, and happier kids who avoid unwanted pregnancies, STD's and more as they mature. Abstinence may be part of the program but should not stand alone.

Currently most funding for sex education by the federal government is exclusively for abstinence only programs.

Should Parents Provide Sex Education?

Yes, I think so...but will they?

The Facts about Comprehesive Sex Education

Want Your Kids to Learn about Sex from TV and Magazines?

Want Your Kids to Learn about Sex from TV and Magazines?
Want Your Kids to Learn about Sex from TV and Magazines?

or Perhaps from Schools Where They Might Get the Facts Straight?

or Perhaps from Schools Where They Might Get the Facts Straight?
or Perhaps from Schools Where They Might Get the Facts Straight?

Questions About Comprehensive Sex Education

I ask myself:

Would kids develop a better body image if they had a forum where they could discuss their changing body with an informed adult in a non-judgemental manner?

Would small children benefit from knowing what is appropriate touching versus inappropriate touching?

Is it possible kids would develop better intimate relationships as adults if they grew up feeling more confident about their bodies and understood the appropriate role of sex in real relationships?

Would teenagers be less likely to become pregnant or to develop STDs? Would they be more likely to report problems if they were informed?

Would more kids view sex as part of a committed relationship versus as being purely recreational if parents and teachers discussed such things a bit more openly versus leaving such important information to be conveyed by popular music, television, movies, and magazines?

If kids decide to have sex, which ultimately they will even if it's not until they're adults, why would we want their role model to be these media images versus something based on honest discussion?

Would kids get what they need from a comprehensive sex education program?


Comprehensive Sex Education Should Be Taught in Schools

Yes, you're right!

Yes, you're right!

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    • drams 7 years ago

      Sure but many girls don't have a choice. In some big city schools they either have sex of they get hurt. Sex education won't help in that situation.

    • Kylyssa Shay 8 years ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

      Absolutely! I believe that the sex education I received (mostly from my parents but from school, too) was responsible for my decision to wait until adulthood to have sex.

      Knowing about sex and understanding sex and its perils and joys allows people to make better decisions. Sexually maturing children do have the mental capacity to make good decisions but only if they have good information. Ignorance is never the answer.

    • Paula Atwell 8 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      yes and at home too!

    • Wendy Henderson 8 years ago from PA


    • CondomElite9 8 years ago

      Thank you, finally somebody is with me on the same issue I can listen to and discuss thins with!

    • religions7 8 years ago

      Absolutely. Sex is a basic human drive that our culture stresses beyond the norm. But US schools have to ask parent's permission to actually teach kids about it - which is weird. Biology teachers know more about the subject than most parents do & can teach the basics in an objective kind of way. Which takes away some of the mystery and might actually make kids see the risks clearly as well as postpone the activity (and go safe if they don't).

    • Achim Thiemermann 8 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Absolutely! Parents are often too embarrassed or clumsy about it. The kids hear about everything in school, anyway. They might as well get clear and correct information from their teachers.

    • MerryChicky 8 years ago

      Sex education is so important! I had a great health teacher in highschool. She created a safe environment to ask questions, and was always honest in her answers. I learned alot. Not only facts, but how to discuss sex maturely and without embarrassment. I only wish more kids had that opportunity.

    No way, Monkeybrain!

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      • Splendra 7 years ago

        I think parents ought to teach children about sex not schools. Think about the time before sex education was taught in schools there was much less disease and teen pregnancy. I did allow my child to go to the sex education class we talked about what the school was teaching. We compared what I said about sex with what the school was teaching. What was seriously lacking was the spiritual aspect of sex. We both agreed that it was more a how to have sex lesson than anything.

        To me all school sex education does is give permission to have sex because they are forewarned about birth control and disease.

        I think the media has a major impact on children and how they view their bodies and how to use it it to attract the sex encounter. I feel real sorry for our youth.

      • webkinzgirl08 8 years ago

        that is so stupid i might be 8 years old but i have the power to save this planet one step at a time your so dumb idiot!!!!

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      Introduction: Lemoncat1.

      Learn about Sex from TV and Magazines? Hans Voorn

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