Pros and Cons of Sex Education in Schools

Sex education is the act of informing young people and adults about everything they need to know about sex. Sex education is the most controversial issue in education, floating around in educational institutions for a long time.

Sex education is not just about sex, and this includes other sensitive issues like sexual health, sexual reproduction, sexuality, and others that parents often feel uncomfortable talking to their children. Therefore, it is the responsibility to address this issue and inform and educate students about it as much as possible.

Often, sexual education in schools is considered a recreational course rather than a serious matter. There are many pros and cons of sexual education taught in public schools.

The advantages of sex education in schools :

– Classes are gender-exclusive. This saves embarrassment among students and only teaches them what they need to know based on their gender. 

– Properly taught, sexual education can be a regular and ongoing Human Anatomy and Biology complete with tests and assessments leading to graduation credits. 

– Students can be taught the correct terms of the reproductive system of sexually transmitted diseases and birth control instead of “street slang.” 

– Myths around sex can be dispelled (e.g., not getting pregnant the first time). 

– Studies show that many adolescents become sexually active before including educational classes. The principles of classroom inclusion have been shown to help students stay or abstain or at least take responsibility if they are engaged. 

– Proper education can have an impact on preventing sexual problems in adulthood.

Cons of sex education in schools :

– Students may still feel embarrassed or excited about the subject matter, which can throw the classroom out of control if students laugh or make inappropriate comments. 

– Most education is taught as a short interlude in physical education or health classes, and this is not enough time to deal effectively with serious material. 

– Often, sexual education can conflict with a person’s moral or religious beliefs. Many schools do not teach abstinence-only but teach how to have safe sex, while many religions and families emphasize marriage before intercourse.

– Sex education is often seen as course and not a serious problem (this directly correlates to the fact that no grades or grades can be obtained from classes). 

– Teachers are not always trained enough to teach sexual education and may violate their own beliefs or morals about the subject rather than the facts. 

– The attitudes of parents, educators, and religious leaders in the community can make things different from state to state or even school-to-school.