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Sex education: Effect of education - Is sex ed having a positive effect?

  • Yes knowledge is power

    Teenagers are going to give into hormones at one point or another. If they don't have the education to make the best decisions at that time then they are going to make the worst decisions. Sex education is very important for everyone and should be taught to all students in school.

  • Sex education works.

    Studies have shown that having access to sex education can encourage teens to delay the ages at which they become sexually active. Having access to accurate information about sex and the consequences of having sex is a positive. Teens can learn about contraception and avoid pregnancy, they can learn about STD's and be wary of contracting them, and they can learn about self-esteem and the right to choose if they want to be sexually active.

  • It is informing teens

    I am a firm believer that sex education class is a good thing to have in high school, as it will prepare young teenagers for what comes ahead in their sexual lives. I think ones teen years is when they start to experiment around sexually and learn about what they are looking for.

  • Sex education is having a positive effect.

    Sex education is having a positive effect. Anything that we can do to teach our children about anything usually results in a positive effect. I think we should continue to educate our children before they are exposed to it in the real world. The more children know then the smarter they will be before they act.

  • Sex Ed is an Important Class

    Sex Ed is an important class at various developmental levels. While the information presented by schools should be neutral and scientific, it is important for adolescents to have access to accurate information about sexual development, sexuality and sexual choices because they are at a time in their lives when they are going through the process of reaching sexual maturity.

  • Sex education helps young people make good choices

    Sex education is an extremely positive public health tool. Making sure that boys and girls understand their bodies, their abilities, consent, and sexual risks at an early age will help them grow into responsible people. Teen pregnancy and STDs still occur in populations where there is abstinence-only sex ed, so there is clearly a need for education based on reality.

  • Sex education take away maturity of young generation

    Students may still be subject to embarrassment or excitable by subject matter. This can make for out of control classrooms if students take to laugh or make inappropriate comments.
    – Most education is taught as a brief interlude in physical education or health class. This is not enough time to relate effectively to serious material.
    – Often, sexual education can go against moral or religious beliefs of an individual. Many schools do not teach abstinence-only, but to teach how to have sex safely, while many of the religious and family stress marriage before intercourse.
    – Sex education is often seen as a “recreational” course and not a serious issue (this is a direct correlation with the fact that there are no grades or scores to be derived from class).
    – Teachers are not always adequately trained to teach sexual education and may violate their own beliefs or morals on the subject rather than continuing with the facts.
    – The attitudes of parents, educators and religious leaders in the community can make the stuff that vary from state to state or even school-to-school.

  • A Neutral Effect

    I do not believe sex education has a positive or negative effect. I think overall it has a neutral effect. I think it is a good set of studies that each child needs to learn about, but I don't think we are teaching it in a way to impact someone significantly.

  • Violating Beliefs and/or Morals

    - Students may still be subject to embarrassment or excitable by subject matter. This can make for out of control classrooms if students take to laugh or make inappropriate comments.
    - Most education is taught as a brief interlude in physical education or health class. This is not enough time to relate effectively to serious material.
    - Often, sexual education can go against moral or religious beliefs of an individual. Many schools do not teach abstinence-only, but to teach how to have sex safely, while many of the religious and family stress marriage before intercourse.
    - Sex education is often seen as a "recreational" course and not a serious issue (this is a direct correlation with the fact that there are no grades or scores to be derived from class).
    - Teachers are not always adequately trained to teach sexual education and may violate their own beliefs or morals on the subject rather than continuing with the facts.
    - The attitudes of parents, educators and religious leaders in the community can make the stuff that vary from state to state or even school-to-school.


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