Before reading this, please do be aware that this is very sensitive material and may not be in the best interest to read if you are easily offended. I am by no means attempting to harm anyone by writing this. I am simply stating my views on this very subject.
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Since the beginning of school, there has always been the debate of which subjects should be taught and which should be left out for the students to find out on their own. Recently, there has been an explosion of attention to a particular subject that has not only resurfaced but has been debated for decades: Sexual Education. The debate is not on whether it should be taught in full depth or not, but rather should it even exist?
To begin to comprehend why this is a very delicate subject, you may ask ¨what is Sexual Education?¨
In the US primarily, Sexual Education is the course of where the student will learn about the human body and what sexuality is, ranging from the basics of it, such as relationships and why you feel the way you do, to the more intense factors of it, such as sexual intercourse and the associated Sexually Transmitted Diseases, or STD´s. While this seems to be a given for the human race to learn about what makes our own body tick and why we feel the way we feel when we see that special person, many believe that it is a counter-productive or counter-intuitive course and should not be taught. The reasons why people are split on this subject boils down to the age-old debates that have been burning bright ever since they were ever proposed, such as Religion, Abortion, and the LGBTQ Movement.
The debate of religion is one that deserves its own article nonetheless, but it does spill into this category for a good reason. There have been many attacks on Sexuality in Schools by religion and some do make sense, others do not. Likewise, those who are not religion have retaliated on these attacks by attacking the religions that conducted them, but that has gotten us to stalemate them. The religion that shows the absolute most hostility against this is the Christian Religion. The reasoning of why children should not be taught this according to the Christian Faith is because of the want to protect the Innocence of the Children and their allegiance to God, as well as wanting to prevent the abandonment of God through Science. While these are valid points and these do pertain to why they are in fear, the protection of innocence cannot be done forever. There will come a time where the child must be let go of to discover the world on their own, and if they do not have the proper skills to, they will suffer greatly. It can be argued that Sexual Education is not a required skill for the child to survive, but like knowing how to ride a bike or how to drive a car, they may come to your aid when you need them. As for abandonment, this is the same fear that parents have when their child leaves for college or university; essentially that they will never come back. Quite simply argued, and quite simply rebutted: If the child was taught the Bible and taught that God exists well enough to know that He very well may, they will never abandon Him as it is a part of their childhood.
The other major reason for why Sexual Education is not advocated for is the rise of abortion rates. Because a part of Sexual Education includes the topic of Abortion, and since this is looked down upon by many factions, the topic of Sexual Education is closely if not directly linked to this. For those who do not know, Abortion is the process in which the fetus is “killed” before it is born while it is still in the womb of the mother. This does seem like a very solid claim, but according to a study conducted in all fifty states, the abortion rates have dropped significantly. While some states have a minor drop, the State of Hawaii has seen a Abortion Rate Drop of 30% since 2010. This number is staggering, but this is said to be the direct effect of the Sexual Education plans implemented into the Hawaiian Curriculum. These plans, called SRR (Sex Risk Reduction) and SRA (Sexual Risk Avoidance) are credited with this drop and the supporters of it are insistent that this backed with the current Sexual Education Plans in schools across America will help teenagers know what to do before sexual activities and help put an end to unwanted teenage pregnancies.
While the two reasons above are very clear in the world today, there is one major reason that is commonly looked down upon, and this is that Sexual Education helps LGBTQ Youth discover themselves and what they are rather than letting them wander freely and live thinking they are something else. It is overwhelmingly clear that LGBTQ Youth are unheard in the mainstream world and are not paid attention to as much as the two reasons above are. The introduction of the knowledge to the youth of America would help everyone express themselves much better. This would also allow for the information of these types of people to spread and raise awareness for the problems that occur around the world due to these subjects not being adequately covered with the information available to them. While the LGBTQ Community has been under attack by Religion, primarily the Christian Faith, they still soldier on and have made tremendous change and are helping for the push of Sexual Education.
While this is a very shaky subject and it will not be able to be clear for many years to come, the exploration of the Human Sexuality is something that should be advocated for in order to help in the learning process of teenagers or youth barely beginning to discover themselves. While this may strip them of their innocence and it will cause a major stir for the Religious Community, the overall effect does have the notion to be positive as it will help reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies and thus reduce abortion rates while increasing the awareness of such movements such as LGBTQ and SRR/SRA.