STATES CHRONICLE – Despite the level of civilization and education our country gets pride in, one big problem still remains – schools fail at sex education.
Sex, as always is a big issue and an important matter of discussion. However, it is not discussed enough in schools. When it comes to sex, teenagers are the ones who need the most guidance. They need information; they need to know how to protect themselves and how to be responsible.
Of course, most of them get their information online and are usually reluctant to have ‘the talk’ with their parents. Some of them are even more reluctant to talk about this with their teachers so they limit themselves to the internet and peers.
However, schools are not trying much harder either. It seems that high schools of only three states in the U.S. – New Jersey, New Hampshire and New York – cover all recommended topics. In middle schools the topic is even less discussed. There is a total number of 16 sex education topics that need to be discussed in schools.
In other words, less than a half of America’s teenagers are taught how to protect themselves and prevent STDs, HIV and pregnancies. Most infections occur in people younger than 25, so the lack of education is definitely a cause for it.
A report concerning sex education and teenagers was released in May this year and showed that the number of teens who used a condom when they had sex last time decreased with 5% since 2003. Moreover 22 percent admitted to have consumed alcohol and drugs the last time they had sex. The numbers are quite disappointing as they show no positive change in teenage sexual behavior in the last decade.
Such behavior which is mostly due to the lack of sex education in schools can have very serious consequences. Many teenagers are simply worried about pregnancies. However, they don’t understand the health risks they expose themselves to. Not using condoms, drinking and taking drugs and having multiple sexual partners – all of these lead to a higher risk of infection with HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases.
In conclusion, it’s about time the educational system does something about it. Sex education with all of its related topics has to be taught in high-schools and middle schools as well in order to give teenagers a better chance are protecting themselves and being more responsible.
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