The birds and the bees

Schools should teach protection instead of avoiding the subject 

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Dylan Randolph
Online Editor
dylan.randolph@apps.schoolcraft.edu

Around age 10, schools begin to teach students about their bodies and what kind of changes they will go through during puberty. From there students are only required to take one additional health class during their high school experience, to cover all of the remaining, more mature topics. Some schools are now debating about making health classes optional instead of mandatory. Instructors in these classes spend two or more weeks teaching healthy diets, daily exercise and drug usage, along with many other health related topics. However, when it comes to sex education teachers seem to find the subject hard to talk about and tend to either graze over it or let the students do busy work on the topic instead of going into detail about the subject when many times it is sexually transmitted diseases that affect teenagers more than drugs or dietary problems. The U.S Department of Health and Human Resources states that adolescents from the ages of 15 to 24 account for nearly half of the 20 million new cases of sexually transmitted diseases reported each year.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures website, NCSL.org, only 22 states are required to teach sex education in schools. With sex education not being required, teenagers across the country are being mislead by the media promoting unprotected sex with shows like “Teen Mom” and “16 and Pregnant” airing on popular television networks that target the age range of 15 to 20 years old.

A major point sex education needs to cover is the various forms of protection during sex. When faced with the time of intimacy many teenagers feel too uncomfortable to go into a convenience store to buy a pack of condoms and instead choose not to use them all together, thus risking sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy. Instead of teenagers having to go out and buy condoms on their own, health classes should supply condoms to students, in case they find themselves in a sexual situation and need to use protection. Schools could also set up what many colleges such as Wayne State University and Saginaw Valley State University have established and create a “Condom Club.” These clubs provide students with sexual protection such as condoms, dental dams for oral protection, lubricant and so on. At least if schools made these condom packs an option for students to receive then the students could have a plan to fall back on.

Sex is a part of everyday life for adults and no one should be ashamed of that. Penis and vagina should not be treated as vulgar words due to the fact that they are a part of the human anatomy and are used for natural things. People should be able to be open with their sexuality but that is not going to happen if they are not taught how to be safe with intimacy in schools.

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