Balynda Eckley

Professor Ramos

English 1B

29 March 2019

Opening Up About Sex Education

There is something that most parents are concerned about when their child starts middle school or starts high school and it has to do with how they are going to be taught  about sex education. This is a very touchy topic for some people. Should this topic even be taught at school, should it be taught by their parents. Do the benefits of teaching it at school outweigh the benefits of teaching it from home.

According to Thomson Reuters sex education laws vary among the states and most states have laws that allow schools to address sex education the only thing is, is that they vary from school to school depending on what the school wants to teach in their curriculum.  And some schools don’t even address sex education.

As most parents probably have many questions some of those questions might have to do with how are you teaching my child sex education what exactly are you teaching them And do I have a say in what you are teaching  and some parents just want the simple fact of teaching them abstinence instead of going into more details. There are definitely pros and cons in teaching children about sex education in schools but do the pros outweigh the cons.

Elizabeth Boskey PhD wrote That teaching your kids about sex is not easy but it is very important because there are so many things out there such as STD, pregnancies and just the fact of having safe sex. As she states studies have shown that “just saying no” doesn’t change opinions that abstinence only education does not have an effect  on teenagers if they’re going to have sex it is important not only for them to get information from home but also have a resource at school in order to learn about contraceptives.

 Did you know that teen pregnancy and STD’s are on the rise? I think there can be a solution. By educating our teachers on how to educate our students and also educating parents that it is okay to talk to their teenagers about sex. According to “11 Facts About Teens And STDS.” “Young people, between the ages of 15 to 24, account for 50% of all new STDs, although they represent just 25% of the sexually experienced population and  the annual number of new infections is roughly equal among teen girls (51%) and teen guys (49%).”

There are many pros of teaching sex education in school. It can help students understand the impact that sex will have on their life. It can answer questions that students might have regarding their hormones or myth that they have heard. There are also students out there who are confused about their gender. They might have questions about sexual abuse and want to talk about. She also goes on to talk about how it is much better to teach a child the health aspects of sex education versus the internet teaching them. How teenage STD ‘s and teenage pregnancies are on the rise. It also can teach children how to be responsible adults when it comes to having sex. The cons in teaching sex ed is most teachers are not trained to teach sex ed. So when they go over it they are very vague and really do not know how to explain it properly to the students. As a result the students might feel embarrassed. Another thing is that in most schools sex education is treated as an extracurricular class not as a primary one so they might not even get access to it. Religion is another factor that can play a role in receiving information for sex ed. (De Arpita)

“Teachers Not Adequately Trained To Deliver Sex Education” stated that teachers are not adequately trained for Sex and Relationship Education (SRE):

The results show a high level of agreement between the three groups about SRE, with 91% of parents, 83% of governors and 83% of teachers believing it is very important that young people have information on practicing safer sex. The results are similar for information on always using contraception, where 92% of parents, 82% of governors and 76% of teachers feel it is very important that young people have information. Despite this, 80% of teachers do not feel trained and confident to talk about SRE.

I’m not sure where to start or even if this is possible but I think one way that we can educate our teachers on how to teach sex education to our students. Is a yearly meeting for all teachers. By bringing in doctors and health professionals who are already educated on these topics and can express the statistics of STD’s and teen pregnancies. From what I understood from “Faculty Meetings: Opportunities for Learning and Collaboration.” teachers already have yearly faculty meetings. Possibly this can be the place and the time where they bring in health care professionals to go over these topics. Another suggestion could be that the school district assigns a specific day to bring health care professionals to a school site to speak either to faculty or have an assembly to speak to the students and parents directly.  

The reason I think this information is so important is because there are so many parents out there that are still living in the mindset of hush hush and don’t talk to their kids about safe sex. They strictly tell their kids just “don’t do it” but they don’t give the reasons why.  Maybe this is because they don’t know how or they just don’t want to bring up this subject because it is embarrassing. This is why I think that it is important to have it in our schools to have a public outreach that students can go to. They can ask questions and get information that they already are most likely searching for on the Internet or from a friend. The thing about the Internet is we can’t always trust everything that is on there for example my 17 year old son saw on the Internet that you cannot get a girl pregnant if you just “pull out” and I think we know that is not true. Yes I have talked to my son over sex education and explain to him over STD’s an pregnancies. But for those who have teenagers will understand that you tell your child one thing and they do another. They don’t always believe their parents. This is why it is so important for them to get the information from a professor or a teacher who they will see more as an authority who knows what they are talking about.

Works Cited

“11 Facts About Teens And STDS.” dosomething.org, dosomething.org/us/facts/11-facts-about-teens-and-stds. This source is about the statistics of sexually transmitted disease in our youth. The way that this relates to the essay that I am writing is show up so I can demonstrate the statistics a sexually transmitted diseases. This source is from an activates society and they have a lot of Information from thecdc.gov website to back up their information. 

Boskey, Elizabeth PhD. “Top 10 Reasons to Support Sex Education in SchoolsResearch Finds Teaching Abstinence Only Isn’t Effective.” Verywellhealth 14  January 2019, www.verywellhealth.com/support-comprehensive-education-schools-3133083.  This article goes over the difficulty about talking to your children about sex and how just saying no doesn’t work. How abstinence has been proven to not work. This article is going to be used To show how sex Ed can benefit our youth. This person who wrote it has a PhD. 

De, Arpita. “Pros and Cons of Sex Education in Schools.” Onlymyhealth Editorial Team  09 Apr 2015, www.onlymyhealth.com/sex-education-in-schools-pros-cons-1310535352. This article goes over the pros and cons of teaching sex ed in our schools.  It talks about the important of talking to your children about sex. It also goes over how teachers are not properly educated on how to teach sex ed.  I’m going to use this resource to talk about the important of sexual education at school  and how our teachers are not properly educated to teach on this subject. This article has a team of health educators who talk on this subject.     

“Faculty Meetings: Opportunities for Learning and Collaboration.” The University of Texas at Austin Institute for public school Initiatives College of Education 2019, ipsi.utexas.edu/publication_05. This article talks about faculty meetings that are done in the school district. The important of these meetings in order for teachers to get the information that they need. I’m going to use this article to show that teachers have faculty yearly meetings. This can be a place where they can be educated so they can teach sex ed. This source is from the University of Texas at Austin.  

Reuters, Thomson. “Sex Education Laws and Public Schools.”  FindLaw 2019, family.findlaw.com/reproductive-rights/sex-education-in-schools.html. This website is about how laws vary from state to state when it comes to teaching sexual education. Some schools don’t even teach sex ed. This article is written by lawyers and is going to benefit my essay in talking about how states vary from state to state in how they teach sexual education.

“Teachers Not Adequately Trained To Deliver Sex Education.” Imaginative Minds Groups Teaching Times 2008 – 2019, www.teachingtimes.com/articles/teachers-trained-sex-education.htm. This article goes over the statistics on how parents, teachers and the government want or don’t want sex ed being taught at school. It also talks about how teachers are not properly trained to teach sex ed. The articles on this website are written by a panel of experts and also is peer reviewed. The article that I used is going to be used to show the statistics of parents, teachers and the government that agree on sex ed and also on how teachers are not being properly trained on this topic.