Should sex education be taught in schools?

Hard hitting subject, I know. My mom asks me frequently: “Do you think it’s OK for schools to take the parent’s responsibility and teach the children about sex education?” Trying to convince you may take some time, so let’s get started shall we?

Did you know that 82 percent of teenage pregnancies are unintended? How many of those pregnancies are aborted? The answer, 37 percent (Childtrend.org). If schools are required to teach all students about safe sex, the possible outcomes of not having safe sex, and how the expenses of taking care of STDS and/or a child add up, then that number would go down.

In my school they only teach us about STDs and types of birth control. I wish that they would teach us more of the facts, not about STDs three times over. We need to learn how much it would affect us if we were to have children at a young age. There are most likely going to be a couple of my peers that get pregnant because they think, “it’s no big deal,” but it is. Preventing them from bringing a child into this world because they want more attention whether it’s from parents or peers should be a no brainer.

So many good things could come out of teaching your children about this. I have been asked by many people, “But what if the child’s parents don’t want them to learn about this?” Why wouldn’t you want your child to be safe in the decisions they make? Why do you want them to be oblivious about how sex works and how to have safe sex? It’s a decision that the parents would have to make, but why not? If I had children I would want them to know about it from teachers or myself rather than finding out the costs of unsafe sex firsthand.

When teaching students about the possible outcomes of unsafe sex, students will most likely do a double take to make sure that they don’t end up with an STD or an unplanned teenage pregnancy.

• Alicha Evens, 14, has eight siblings and spends way too much time talking about things that she loves.

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