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Sex Education A Necessary Part Of Curriculum Paramount To A Developing Teen

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SEX EDUCATION A NECESSARY PART OF CURRICULUM PARAMOUNT TO A DEVELOPING TEENSexual Education being taught in the school systems to teenagers is a subject which has repeatedly come under fire by many. Some people feel it is a necessary part of curriculum paramount to a developing teen. Others, feel this is a realm best left to the parents. My feeling is that it is important to inform and educate teens and allow them to make their own responsible decisions. Detailed in the following paragraphs I will explain my reasons, as well as arguments presented by the opposing viewpoint.Sex is a normal, healthy part of human nature. It follows that this subject should be addresses in a learning ...view middle of the document...

The topics of sexual abuse, assault and STD's must be addressed. "Statistics show that adolescents who are not provided education on these topics, were less likely to report such matters to authorities."# We have also learned that they are far more likely to become victims of assault or sexual abuse, by not having learned ways to avoid such situations.Sexual education instills a level of responsibility and confidence within a teen. It teaches them to become comfortable with their bodies instead of embarrassed. They learn more accurate information, and are taught many aspects of sexual behavior. This in return encourages adolescents have a feeling of comfort about themselves, and will encourage positive actions and more responsible choices when faced with decisions about sex.Having a feeling of self-worth or confidence will hopefully enable the right decisions to be made. Having a feeling of comfort, can make discussing sex and asking questions easier for adolescents. Communicating without embarrassment on the topic of sex allows the lines of communication to be opened amongst teens."Adolescents who are raised from birth by both parents, whether biological or adoptive, have lower probabilities of having sex at a younger age than adolescents who grow up in other family situations."#This raises the question: If so many adolescents are raised in a single parent household, how can we be assured that this large group can provide and will receive proper guidance necessary from both sexes. (i.e.) a Mother or a Father? Can a Mother really educate her son adequately regarding sex. Would a Father not be better suited and informed for this discussion? Would the same be true in a father daughter circumstance?A REALM BEST LEFT TO THE PARENTSMany people believe that in this highly sexualized society, children should not be encouraged to have sex, but instead provide alternatives such as abstinence.Some people feel that Sex Education is a realm best left to the parents. They should decide at what point it is necessary, if at all, to advise their children on sexual activities. Some children may not be developed emotionally, or mentally enough to fully understand the process of sexual education which is being taught in schools. Others feel that sex is too personal of a matter to be taught about in school.There are those that feel teaching about sexual education will only encourage further sexual activity, as if teaching it, condones it. If they are ignorant of sex, maybe they will be less likely to not participate in sex.Parents feel that by educating their adolescents at home, they can play their part as role models. Which will help teens in the development of becoming a sexual being. Parents may feel that the teacher is not an appropriate role model for their child, or that social influences from other children in the classroom, may encourage childish behavior. In part, because teachers are more open to teaching a broader aspect of sexual education.Cultural...

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