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Running Head THE BIG DEBATE 1 The Big Debate April Bowman COM/220 4.18.2010 Sandra Robinson
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THE BIG DEBATE 2 The Big Debate Do you remember when you were in high school and you had to go through that dreadful sex education class? Thinking back, do you wish there was more information about birth control and condoms, instead of “say no to sex”? Sex education should be taught in schools because it teaches students about safe-sex practices, the risk of pregnancy, and the consequences of sexually transmitted diseases (STD's). The controversy about sex education in schools has been ongoing for so many years that it needs to finally come to a close. Contrary to what certain groups may believe, statistics have shown that both parents and students would rather have more information about STD’s, safe sex, and risk of pregnancy than being taught that abstinence is the only way to be. Sex is being broadcast in the media, music, and advertisement everywhere; it’s a wonder that not all teens are having sex right now. However, because of the contribution of parents and school staff, teens have been getting the best information on how to effectively deal with pre-marital sex and also how to really say no. Teenager hormones are always going crazy and students need to be taught and well versed in the usage and proper procedure of condoms and birth control to make sure they effectively practice safe sex. Schools need to have sex education programs that include safe-sex practices as part of their curriculum because it engages students in the prevention of other problems that could result in unsafe sex practices. Students should be taught about how to use condoms and birth control to prevent STD’s and pregnancy. Teenagers, both homosexual and heterosexual, need to learn the importance of contraceptives and condoms. Although the debate about what to teach for sex education is still afloat, statistics are showing that “children are sexually miseducated
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THE BIG DEBATE 3 (Whitehead, 1994).” With this missing education, teenagers are not receiving the most crucial information on how to prevent pregnancy. Safe-sex practices are so necessary to prevent pregnancy and STD’s, and abstinence only programs are refraining from giving out the information on how to prevent pregnancy for the teens that are already sexually active, or for those who just can’t wait till they are married. To help get this information across to students, sex education should be a part of basic curriculum. Some experts believe that as important as a student’s basic requirements of math, reading, and writing are, so is sex education. These experts believe that the earlier students are being exposed to this information, the more prepared they will be when the decision will be posed to them. Other experts believe that sex education should also include the students learning in their home from their parents. Recently, too many parents have been relying on the school system to teach their teens about sex. Studies show that “only 50 percent of students say their parents have ever talked to them about sex.” (Lobron, 2009)
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