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Krista YoungPsyc 332-7381Dr. Siston7/27/2018Sexual Education in SchoolsSexual education within the public-school system has been a much-debated topic between parents, teachers, health care providers, and politicians. There are many that do not feel that it is responsible to teach a subject of this nature to adolescents. Providing evidence-based, medically relevant and developmentally appropriate sexual education in schools is necessary to prepare adolescents to make informed and safe sexual decisions. For those that do not feel that sexual education belongs in schools, there are three main arguments against the curriculum. The largest argument against teaching adolescents about sex isthe fear that teaching them about sex will make them want to perform sexual acts. Despite this concern, studies actually show that valid sexual education actually results in delaying sexual initiation, reduces pregnancy and STD rates and increases the frequency of safe sex practices[Szy15]. Another argument against sexual educations within the schools is that it is a parent’s jobto teach their children about sex. While it is admirable that there are parents that still value “the