English 1302 Sec. 212
Sex Education in School Curriculum
Due to not having the correct amount of information about the consequences of sex, teenagers between the ages of 15 and 18 are drastically dropping out of high school, due to having unwanted pregnancies and the responsibilities that follow having a family. Over the last 30 years in the United States has been experiencing a drastic increase in teenage pregnancy, and significant increase in STD’s among these adolescents. Since then sex education programs have been applied into the curriculum to further extend the knowledge of sexual activity among young adults.
Among many schools, the content varies but will similarly have the same message of awareness. David Landry’s article Factors Associated with the Context of Sex Education in US Public Secondary Schools, he explains that in secondary schools sex education content differentiates from stressing abstinence and the use of contraceptives among soon to be teens. (268) Instructors of sex education are well aware of young adults that are willing to engage in sexual activity, and teachers can’t help but to provide the adolescents with the right information to proceed with as much precaution as possible.
What do some parents of these teenagers think about having a sex education being implemented into the curriculum? Allison Chappell did a massive survey in her article A Theoretical Investigation of Public Attitudes toward Sex Education that did a scientific approach to the mindset of the parents. Stating most parents believe with the right information in the classroom it can decrease teenage pregnancy significantly, and increase the awareness of serious risks involving sex. (217)
In the article Parents’ Perception, Students’ and Teachers’ Attitude Towards School Sex Education by Netsanet Fentahun states that education programs on sex should provide resources to students, teachers and parents as needed. With this...