By: Austin Lin
Throughout the years of being a teenager, Teens find themselves and experience new things. One thing they experience is the idea of sex or urge to have sex. With that, something which is sex education was created. Some teens may know something, nothing, or everything. The sole purpose of sex education is to give information to teenagers or pre-teens. The goals is to give these groups a basic understandings of sex which routinely begins with how to use use condom and then information about sexual transmitted diseases(STDs).
Within the United States, some state laws require public school children to learn about sexual education while others do not. Some topics have been uprising as well as years go on about LGBTQ sex education as well. Currently, about half of the states in the US require sex education to be taught in school. States that do not have sex education has been proven to have more teen pregnancy and STDs. More than half of the states has a mandatory class that teaches about HIV. Only 12 states in the United States right now teach medically correct sex and HIV education. This shows that the schools that are mandated to teach sex education are abusing what it means to teach children about sex and HIV. This shows the lack of support some teachers are giving to students. Currently 3 states in the US that if they were to give sex education, they would give negative information on same-sex relationships.
In Catholic schools, there is only a brief summary of what sex education is like there. One graduate student from J. W. Hallahan who wishes to be anonymous says that “it’s just common sense”. She says that sex education is taught during physical education class but not into depth. She was enrolled in Hallahan’s Honor classes, so she was not able to take the brief summary of sex education. She later learned about pregnancy in theology class(study of god). A current student at J. W. Hallahan that wishes to be anonymous as well says that there is no sex education towards LGBTQ youths due to their beliefs system of the Catholic church. This has showed that Catholic schools do not go into depth about sexual education that could possibly lead either guys or girls open to diseases. In the sense of being Catholic or Christian, the bible states that your body should be pure until marriage. This means that you should not have sex until you are married. This may be a factor that plays in why Catholic schools try to push out the depths of sexual education. The staff of Catholic schools might view that all their students will not have sexs due to all their beliefs but not everyone in a Catholic school is religious.
There are pros and cons in both public school sex education and Catholic schools sex education. Creating a sex education guide for all states would be the first step in approaching a problem that can be decreased. The problem that can be decreased is teen pregnancy and STDs in the United States. Many students or residents around the world who have had sex or haven’t claims that they are too big for a condom. The fact is that there is a condom size for all shapes and sizes. Saying you are too big is just an excuse to not spend money on protection. It also shows the laziness of applying protection to void the possibility of getting diseases.
Sex education should not only be taught in all schools in the United States but internationally. With the the appropriate education that caring teachers pass onto students, we can decrease the percentage of STDs and teen pregnancy in countries. Most teachers want the best for their students in the future, in the steps to do that, they must put all their beliefs to the side and teach what is beneficial to the students in the long run.