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1 Sex Education in Schools: To Teach or Not Miguel Rubalcava West Coast University Phil 341 Professor Rainstar Sunday 21, 2021
2 Abstract In today’s society, people have to be very careful on how they express themselves, what they say, and even what they think. Even though the argument about whether sexual education should be taught in schools has been around for a long time, people still cannot agree on it. Some suggest that it is good for the students to learn about sexual education so that they can better understand it, while others argue that it should be left to the parents to talk about it so they can be in control of what is said. Keywrods: Sex Education, School For and Against Sex Ed, Pros and Cons of Sex Ed, STD’s, Abstinance.
3 Sex Education in Schools: To Teach or Not Teaching students about sexual intercourse in schools has always been up for debate whether it should be taught or not. Many parents are against it and as well as many parents are all for it. As of today, thirty out of the fifty states in the United States are required to teach sexual education in schools around the country, and twenty-eight of them mandate both sexual education as well as HIV education ( NCSL, 2021). During World War 1, many U.S soldiers began to contract gonorrhea, a sexually transmitted infection. Not long after, in 1918, the Chamberlain-Kahn Act took place, which mandated the education of syphilis and gonorrhea to soldiers. During the 1920’s sexual education was first introduced to high school and in the course of a few years after, the U.S Office of Education began to publish sexual education material along with training teachers on the subject ( Harris, 2015). Argument and Counter Argument People that are in favor of sex ed being taught in schools argue that students will have sexual intercourse at some point in their life regardless of school teaching them about it or not. They suggest that it is better for students to know how to properly have sex and to know the consequences of it rather than students doing it without having any idea of the consequences sexual intercourse may lead to. They also suggest that teens need to know safer options and once they start doing it safely, they will stay doing it safely. People that are against sex ed, state that by teaching it to students, teachers are just encouraging them to have sex even if they were not interested at all at first. Parents who are against it say that it goes against their religion or cultural values. They argue that since students now know all about it, it is easier for them to do it, which according to them, it just puts ideas into their kids’ head. Some also argue that this type of
4 information should be left up to the parents to teach their kids about and not the school teachers.

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