The issue of sexual education is one that has been in existence for a number of decades now as individuals question the virtue of introducing this subject into the public school curriculum. Sex education can be defined as the tutelage of matters regarding sexual activity and all related factors. This includes subjects such as the human anatomy in relation to sexuality, safe sex practices and the reproductive system, sexual activity and potential emotions related to this activity. Those who are not supportive of the introduction of sex education into public schools mainly take the stance that this could be seen as a promotion of sexual activity amongst people who are below the age of consent. However, the content that is available in today’s media means that such information is already easily accessible to those who may be looking for it. This content is not adequately controlled or censored and could result in the overall delivery of inappropriate messages.
Teaching sexual education in public schools could be seen as an effective means of getting ahead of this potential problem. Introducing this subject to the public school curriculum allows a society to offer a more educational perspective on sex. Individuals are able to learn all the elements that they will eventually need in the future when they are old enough to take part in such activities. It also allows the public school system to come up with a means of transmitting these lessons in an appropriate manner, which is not usually the case when students conduct their own research on the matter.
There are a number of benefits that can be enjoyed from the introduction of sex education to the public school curriculum. Some of these advantages include but are not limited to:
Teaching sexual education in schools can offer students a greater understanding regarding the issue of sexual activity and all it entails. Gaining such an understanding is crucial to any individual as it could determine how they approach the matter when they finally reach the age of consent. This understanding could also play a role in reducing the number of negative elements that take place with regard to sexual activity amongst the youth. These elements can include the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), unplanned pregnancies (including underage pregnancies), and erroneous views on sexual activity.
Controlling the Information Provided
Offering sex education in public schools also allows the schools to influence the kind of information that is passed on to the students. The provision of these classes could reduce the amount of independent research that is done by those curious about the subject. These classes could also battle the misinformation that is retrieved from other unreliable sources. Providing what can be described as helpful information can be crucial in the overall view of sex that is held by the youth. It ensures that important factors (such as the need to wait until one is ready) are conveyed to the students.
Sexual education should not be avoided as students need the inclusion of this subject to help them prepare for the personal side of their lives.