Sex Education in School

Argument Research Essay

Sexual Education in Schools

Many People believe that Sexual Education in schools could be harmful to our teens, but recent studies have determined that students that have had formal sexual education classes are more likely to make more responsible decisions about sex (Pan, par. 4). Teaching Sexual Education in high schools help the students to set goals, to avoid pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s), and to overcome peer pressure.
Setting goals is essential for the teenage student to become successful not only in everyday life but also in a relationship. Many students have made the vow, “True Love Waits,” which is a pledge that challenges teenagers and college students to practice abstinence until marriage. Abstinence contributes to the success of the student’s life by allowing young relationships to fully develop, focusing on communication and the satisfaction of a partnership without sexual tensions. Not stressing about sexual tension also enables teenagers to focus on their long term goals such as college and future career opportunities.  
Not only does sexual education help to keep young relationships pure by promoting abstinence and keeping their focus of future goals, but it also has proven to significantly lower the risk of pregnancy of girls between fifteen to nineteen years old (Manhart 344-351). The sexual education curriculum also teaches the young adults about sexually transmitted diseases. Prevention of pregnancy and STD’s are taught by encouraging students to practice abstinence. In some sexual education classes, the principle of safe sex is taught by informing the students about the various forms of contraception and birth control. “Recent studies on sex education have shown that providing youths with the skills and knowledge to make responsible decisions about sex may help to reduce more than 750,000 teen pregnancies and more than 9 million cases of sexually transmitted diseases that occur yearly...