In this blog, I would like to discuss a very important topic-Sex Education.
Why Is No One Talking About the Importance of Sex Education in All School Systems?
Most of us hesitate while we talk about it in schools or society.
Let’s dive in and understand it.
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Overview- Sex Education
In recent years, sex education has become increasingly controversial in the United States and other countries.
Some people claim that sex education in schools promotes sex or encourages students to have sexual intercourse before they are ready.
However, nothing could be further from the truth.
While it’s true that comprehensive sex education – which focuses on both abstinence and safe sex practices – can help prevent unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases, it can also do so much more than that.
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Step 1– Sexual Health Is a Vital Part of Your Well-Being Sex education should begin at home and continue into school.
To most, sex is seen as an intimate activity that should only be shared with one person you truly love (your spouse or significant other).
However, sex has many physical and mental health benefits beyond its connection to love and procreation.
When handled properly, sex can reduce stress, elevate your mood, relieve pain, boost your immune system, strengthen your bones and even reduce tension headaches.
But first, you have to learn how to do it correctly!
Step 2– The World Has a Problem with Sex Ed Education According to studies published by UNICEF, 57% of teenagers around the world feel they don’t have enough information on sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) such as HIV/AIDS.
In 2015 alone, more than 130 million new cases of STDs were reported worldwide—more than 300 000 new infections each day—many among young people aged 15–24 years old.
Sadly, parents are often left feeling like their hands are tied because they don’t know what’s suitable for their child’s age group.
These countries also lead when it comes to gender equality.
Studies show children who receive proper sex education from a young age start having sex later in life compared to those who receive no sex education at all.
Even when sexual intercourse occurs early in adolescence, teens who had proper sex education felt better prepared for taking care of themselves and their partners than those who didn’t receive adequate information beforehand.
Sexual education is also essential during pregnancy since almost half of all pregnancies occur in women under 20 years old.
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Why Is Sex Education So Important?
Most people will probably tell you that sex education is an important subject to teach at school.
However, it seems that no one is talking about just how important it really is!
There are a lot of social stigmas associated with sex education, from parents and families thinking that their kids will become promiscuous if they learn how to protect themselves from STDs to churches advocating against it because they believe that our children will become gay or lesbian.
These are obviously all ridiculous arguments, but we need to do better in making sex education available for everyone!
Why? Because there aren’t many other parts of human knowledge that have such serious consequences – aside from maybe smoking.
So, now I ask: why aren’t we doing more?
For centuries sex has been considered taboo.
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With so much stigma around sexuality still today, there should be more talk about what constitutes healthy sexual relationships and educating people on gender identities and sexualities rather than shunning them away in fear-based ignorance.
This can be done through sex education classes at schools (which typically have abstinence-only programs) and public programs hosted by places like Planned Parenthood to help educate everyone on these very relevant topics.
The Negative Impact of A Lack of Knowledge
Schools’ lack of sex education has been linked to higher teen pregnancy rates and STD prevalence.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that over approx.19 million new STD infections occur every year, with almost half occurring among young people between 15-24 years old in the USA.
According to World Health Organization (WHO), more than 1 million people acquire a sexually transmitted infection (STI) every day globally.
It’s evident that young people need to learn how to practice safe sex from a young age, mainly because studies have shown abstinence-only education doesn’t work.
Kids who took a comprehensive sex education class were 60% less likely to get pregnant or get someone else pregnant than those who didn’t receive complete sexual health information.
Without understanding how your body works, it can be difficult to make educated decisions about what does and doesn’t constitute safe sex.
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How This Should Be Addressed?
Sex education isn’t universal, and that’s an issue. America is supposed to be pushing for gender equality, but sex education in schools as a whole has been left by the wayside—and it needs to change.
Sex education teaches young people about important issues like consent, safe sexual practices, and how to deal with abuse.
The statistics are startling: In 2010, 18% of female victims were under age 12, and 27% were between ages 12-17.
Nearly half (48%) of these incidents involved their own brother or stepbrother.
And most offenders (65%) were known by their victims, either as friends or acquaintances.
Given those numbers, it’s clear that educating our youth on sexual matters—in schools, at home, and elsewhere—is critically important to keep them safe.
There’s not enough being done now; we need more sex education resources across school systems.
Our kids deserve better than they’re getting right now; we need educators who understand how serious these issues can be for students and their families.
That starts with more sex education resources from kindergarten through high school graduation in our schools.
It could make all the difference between trauma and healing for so many young people growing up today!
Sex Education Can Save The World.
Sex education isn’t a partisan issue—students in schools with quality sex education have fewer pregnancies and STIs, have a more minor sexual assault on campus, and graduate from high school at higher rates.
Sex education should be prioritized, mainly because students need it to prevent pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and sexual violence, but it’s often dismissed as unnecessary.
There’s just one problem: Students across countries are only getting more bombarded with explicit content at younger ages.
That makes sex education more critical than ever before—but why aren’t we talking about it?
Sex education may not be making headlines like other current events, but its importance can never be overstated.
Sadly, sex education programs are falling behind nationwide:
Many parents won’t even talk about sex with their children —and nearly half say they wouldn’t feel comfortable having the talk with their kids if someone else were present.
To put it simply, while sex education seems like a controversial topic, especially among conservatives and religious groups, no one can deny that comprehensive and accurate sex education has immense value.
It empowers young people to make better decisions by ensuring they have all the information they need.
Whether or not you believe parents should be involved, schools must teach students all there is to know about sexual health and sexually transmitted diseases—just as they teach other aspects of general health (like nutrition).
Sex education in school systems needs to be a part of any child’s learning experience because if we don’t talk about it now, kids will just find their own ways to learn later.
And those ways might not always be safe or healthy.
The bottom line? Sex education is essential.
But only when it’s included in the curriculum alongside standard information such as grade-school science, math, and literacy.
Ultimately, schools are meant to prepare students for life outside of academia—and without knowledge of sex ed., many won’t succeed.
That’s all for today’s blog post. We have discussed sex education in schools in detail and its importance in our society.
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