It is reported that nationwide, over 60% of teenagers in the 12th grade report having had sexual intercourse. The knowledge that can be gained in a sex education class will serve them for the rest of their lives, and will be especially useful as they become young adults. Furthermore, it will deifnitely help them, regardless if they have an active sexual life or not.
The truth is, a lot of myths are spread through high-school hallways. Knowing the facts related to having an active sexual life is just as important as learning mathematics or reading. There have been polls done on unmarried 18 to 25 year olds – what these found was that an increasing number of teenagers and young adults know very little about contraceptive methods (for example), or about how the reproductive system works, even! Furthermore, the questionnaires also found that despite these gaps in knowledge, most teenagers and young adults feel confident that they know enough in order to avoid pregnancies or STDs.
Have no doubt, young people will learn about sex, no matter the education (or the quality therof) they get. So, chances are that if the quality of the sexual education they receive in school is lacking or inexistent, the information they will receive will be from second-hand sources. This inevitably leads to the spread of misinformation, myths, and just general confusion about the matter – since the sources would most often include the mass-media, rumours, friends, and so on – that altogether create a network of false or half-true information.
It only follows that we should push for improving the quality of sexual education classes that children, teenagers & young adults receive. Sex education contributes to a healthy future for the next generations. This is especially true if we look at poor and minority youth. These communities have been found to have a higher rate of STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections), as well as a larger rate of misinformation about sexuality.
Regardless of background, the truth is, quality sexual education classes should be present in all curriculums. It will provide a healthy basis for future generations to enter their adult life prepared and informed. It will definitely also lower the rates at which STIs are transmitted in different communities of youths. There is no reason to hide these things from the younger generation. For their betterment and the betterment of whole populations, we should encourage good sexual education as much as possible.
Classes at different levels of the education system can teach them about proper contraceptive methods, but also things like healthy decision-making, or understanding how a healthy relationship should function in broad terms. Furthermore it raises awareness about dangerous STIs (such as HIV) and how to deal with them. It should also teach them not to feel ashamed if they have an STI (or if they simply want to get tested), but instead to encourage them to educate themselves about their health.
After all, sexual intercourse is a basis of human existence. The more we let our young generations know about how to properly avoid the dangers associated with STIs, or unintended pregnancies, or other such matters, the healthier their decision in life will be. And of course, they themselves will feel more prepared for adulthood.
A DfE spokesperson acknowledged that more was needed to be done to improve the teaching of PSHE. “We want to see all young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. “High-quality PSHE teaching has a vital role to play in this. That’s why we are working with schools and experts to ensure the PSHE and relationships education that young people receive