TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY
Among young adults ages 20-29, 14 percent are diagnosed with AIDS. According to a report released in 2012 by the New York Civil Liberties Union, only one third of school districts teach sex education. That is unacceptable. Children need to be aware of the effects of being sexually active.
Many will argue that sex education in schools is inappropriate, that there is a time and a place to discuss the effects of being sexually active, and school is not the place. That is not the case. Having sex education in schools may be awkward, but not inappropriate. Most of the time children are too embarrassed to ask questions regarding sex. They refuse to see a doctor when they think something is wrong. Then most parents skip over having the “talk” with their children because it’s too hard and awkward to explain. This leaves children with only one option — trial and error.
The major problem with allowing students to remain unaware of the consequences of sex is that it leads to teenage pregnancies and STDs. Both are preventable when students have the right knowledge and steer clear from certain situations. Having sex education in schools
would make students aware of the consequences, and make them aware of their options. They will not only be prepared for those situations; they will be able to prevent them from ever happening.
Sex education would teach students to practice abstinence, but also provide information about birth control. Most of the time, telling someone not to do something does not work. By allowing students to have the knowledge of contraceptives, it gives them a safe way to be sexually active when they refuse to be abstinent.
Teen pregnancy and STDs can get out of hand when people are uninformed. One of the reasons people get an education is so they can use their knowledge to prevent bad things from happening. By having sex education mandatory in schools, school officials will help prevent the negative consequences of sexual activity.