Sex education should be mandatory in school. Students reported low levels of confidence to discuss sexuality or contraception with parents. There have been rising cases of teen pregnancies and it is important for teens to be aware of the costs and risks of carelessness. According to CDC,gov, "In 2012, a total of 305,388 babies were born to women aged 15"19 years [old]"" Due to the lack of sexual education, 65% of LGBTQ students have reported being harassed about sexual marks and even their sexual orientations. With sex education, the harassment of these students can be prevented and they all can learn about abstinence. The students can also learn about STDs and how all of those things can be prevented with just the knowledge of sex education.
Sex education should not be mandatory in school because: it would be more appropriate to talk about it with your parents, instead of a teacher. Adolescents respond better to family interactions and advice than teachers. Even though having "The Talk" with the parental figures can be extremely uncomfortable, straight answers will provided without the embarrassment of asking multiple times in front of peers.
According to NBC NEWS, Sixty-six percent of American high school students have had sex by their senior year. In a study of 35 sex education programs around the world, the World Health Organization found there is no evidence that comprehensive programs encourage sexual activity. Informing students at a young age about abstinence can prevent teen pregnancies. "A 1999 survey conducted by Hickman-Brown Research Inc. found that 93 percent of all Americans believe sex education should be taught in high schools, and 84 percent believe it should be taught in middle or junior high schools." Either way it goes, teaching sex education is a way of letting people know about these things that may happen as a result. According to DoSomething.org, "More than 90 percent of parents of junior high and high school students believe that it is somewhat or very important for sex education to be included in the curriculum." Understanding sex and having the benefit of sex education is critical as students are becoming more exposed to new ideas and trends. Even the government has taken a place in getting involved. "In 1996, former President Clinton signed the Welfare Reform Act, which allocated $250 million over five years to be matched by state dollars " a total of $500 million " for abstinence-only programs. During the first year of the program, 48 states accepted the federal money."