Updated: Apr 21
Sex Education; that awkward class that everyone regrets to share with their classmates. Unlike it’s stereotypes, Sex Education is a highly crucial class that every school should provide. Not only should this class be provided, it should be required amongst Middle Schools and High Schools. Fortunately, this class is required at most schools in Michigan. Unfortunately, only 29 states have a law to require the class. This means that many children don’t have the advantage to learn about the precautions they should take when they are sexually active. Some topics that are discussed in Sex Education class are human development, relationships, personal skills, sexual behavior, sexual health, and society and gender. All of these topics form the perfect class of Sex Education to educate kids on any questions they may have had.
When Planned Parenthood explains human development, they refer to it as “reproduction, puberty, sexual orientation, and gender identity”. This relates to any kind of birth control, teenage bodys and how they change, and gender or social identity. This means that in Sex Ed class, teenagers are fufilled with many everyday questions they are confused about. Sexual Education is meant to be a safe place where a professional can answer questions that many children are either afraid or too uncomfortable to ask their parents. Not only does Sexual Education create less of a burden on sexual health, it allows transgender children to feel educated about their bodies.
Many unplanned pregnancies have been prevented because of Sexual Education and many pregnancies have happened because of the lack of Sexual Education. Unfortunately, many young girls do not know how to have protected sex and fall into the trap of a teen pregnancy. This can be a big responsibility for a teenager and is usually caused due to lack of education. After Sex ed was required in many states, the number of national teen pregnancies have gone down significantly.
In the end, sexual education has improved many children’s sexual health and increased their education on this topic. Too many high schoolers fall into the trap of sexually transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancies that ruin their lives. Sex education provides the education they need that helps prevent these unfortunate futures.
Parenthood, Planned. “What Is Sex Education?: Sex Ed Definition and QA.” Planned Parenthood, www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/for-educators/what-sex-education.
Parenthood, Planned. “Sexuality Education.” Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida, www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-southwest-central-florida/community-and-education-programs/sexuality-education.
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