Posted by: victoriapynchon | December 1, 2010

Should Sex-Ed be Required?

Several Boston students are looking to their school administrations for more comprehensive sex education programs and people are beginning to ask the question: should sex education be required in schools that accept federal funding? The debate is fueled by not only rising teen pregnancy statistics, but also by reality television shows such as MTV’s “Teen Mom” and “Sixteen and Pregnant,” which, some say, glorify teen pregnancy and give girls the impression that getting pregnant might lead to fame and fortune. What do you think? Should sex-ed be required in U.S. public schools? Is it really a question of parents “not being comfortable” with teachers and administrators teaching students about sex (and therefore performing a “parental task”)? Or, is it simply part of our country’s continued fixation with sex as a taboo subject matter? Are the two concepts interconnected? Feel free to weigh in.

From News Watch International:

Sex education has been a very difficult topic for the schools in the US to tackle. This is due to the fact that many parents are not comfortable with the teachers offering sexual advice and information to their children. However, there is a new push to make sexual education a required course in the schools all over the US to help cut down on the number of teen pregnancies.

Teenage pregnancies have been on the rise lately. So great are the numbers that several reality television programs have centered around the problem. As such the schools along with the federal government hope to ensure that this number becomes drastically lower through the new programs.

As a matter of fact, the television programs showing teens that are pregnant and trying to raise their children is one of the main reasons why the programs are starting up. Someone in the federal government caught one of the programs and started asking questions of the school systems and experts from around the country.

Under the proposed guidelines all schools that receive federal funding are required to have a sex education system in place. The guidelines would take things one step further and also require that regular counseling sessions be created for those students that are considering starting a sexual relationship. Specially trained counselors would be on hand to guide the teens to the right decision.

Many believe that putting more attention on sex in the schools will help curb the problem with the teens.

 

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