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Sex Education Essay

1156 words - 5 pages

Kathryn Nelson
Human Development
13 March 2014

Sex education and adolescents is something that is more common now than back 50 or 60 years ago. More parents and schools are educating adolescents in sex education. When it comes time for parents to their sons and daughters the mother-daughter relationship is the most significant. As for the sex education in the public school system, there is actually a debate between public schools whether to teach sex education in the public school system and what to teach. In some states they have decided to teach sex education and some have decided not to Sex education has many significances in an adolescent’s youth and where they learn it ...view middle of the document...

But when it comes to sex education and the males the parents share the responsibility, and when it comes to females the father trusts the mother with the educating her. As far as when the parents start to discuss full on sexual education with the child rages from the age ten to twelve. In preadolescents things about birth and body parts come up from their own questioning. Another thing that might not be something that is thought of that much is how comfortable the parent is speaking about this with their child. Again according to the book Family Relations and a survey they did, one being most comfortable and 6 being least comfortable most parents were a 1.3-2.8. So from this most parents are pretty comfortable and do not have a problem with and when they talk to their child. When it came to mothers and how they felt about their child participating in sex education there really was not a difference between mothers with higher education and mothers with less education. The higher educated mothers held more liberal values. Another reason why mothers would be for their child participating in a sex education course would be because they believe that their education wasn’t adequate enough. Some also said that they would go to classes as well.

All fifty states including the District of Columbia have certain regulations on what must be, what may be and what may not be taught in the public schools in the state. If the state decides that the schools within it can teach the sex education curriculum to the students the teachers and nurses are teaching the general education, STDs, HIV and AIDS, contraception, and other diseases that can be contracted. Some states do “realize that sex education is controversial and therefore many provide either opt out or opt in provisions in their sex education statues (Rigsby).” This just means that the schools give the parents the option to remove their children from the classroom while the course is being taught. It could be for religious, moral, or family reasons. It all depends on the parent or parents. The parents might also have a feeling that sex education with their child or children is their responsibility. The opt in provisions is when they have to have parental consent (signed permission slip) to participate in the course.
Some of the controversial things that can be discussed in the schools are things such as use of contraception, abortion, sexuality, and prevention of sexually...

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