Why sex education should not be taught in schools


Why sex education should not be taught in schools

Victoria Golding 

Britain has the highest number of teenage pregnancies, about 63 per 1000 in Europe. Due to these high rates the government decided to come up with a plan to try and lower these rates; for sex education to be taught in schools across Britain. The primary goals of sex education in the schools across Britain were to reduce the percentage of teenage pregnancy and STDs. But has this intention of encouraging youngsters to become less sexually active backfired and made the situation worse? And if so, whose fault is it?

Figures show that teenage pregnancies in England rose year after year by more than 800, despite the £15 million spent by the government on strategies to reduce them. Surveys also revealed that teenage pregnancies rose fastest in areas of the country where the government had specifically targeted resources to reduce them. The government’s plan has backfired and is the cause of so many more teenagers who have now had to undergo abortions or become a teen mum. The government’s teenage pregnancy strategy is based on the idea that it is unrealistic to expect young people to abstain from sex. They have started an exercise dependent on condom use and the use of the morning after pill. The government also made contraceptive advice and supplies free to everyone. The message this is sending out is that it doesn’t matter how old you are, there’s no wrong age to be taught about sex. This clearly shows the government’s way of fixing the problem is only making the situation worse and the money that has been spent on this investment is being wasted and a contribution to the rise in teenage pregnancies.

Young people face a barrage of confusing messages. Some kids are told to “just say no” to sex. In school, others are taught how to put condoms on bananas in preparation for the real thing. This is not helping stop teenagers getting pregnant; this is telling them that having sex is okay if you wear a condom, not even thinking about the impact sex can have on their emotional feelings. Sexual experiences can leave lasting emotional scars on girls and young men. Young teenagers introduced to sex could easily become forever affected by feeling used, by feeling violated and by feeling worthless. This also shows how the government put no proper thought into the matter to which they covered all areas of the problem they were gaining to fix.

Another survey showed that the British girls have had an average of 15 sexual partners by the time they get married. It is not then surprising that more than half of the marriages end in divorce. The schools need to teach more about moral behaviour and standards than how to have sex. But changes in the law continue to prohibit any form of religious expression or prayer in schools which sends a message to young people that sex education is more important than spiritual and moral education. This is probably the most serious of all consequences of sex education and is a prime example that the schools are teaching the wrong thing to our children who are weak minded and a sponge to any kind of mischief behaviour at their age.

A disturbing fact is that few, if any, parents are briefed fully with the material that is to be taught in the class in advance so they can make a reasoned decision about its suitability. Also the range of spiritual, emotional and physical maturity of the class is often very wide but ‘one size fits all’ lessons are given. A sensitive subject like this should not be treated like biology lesson. This shows once again how the government have not thought about how to handle the situation with care, and have just thought of (what they thought was) a quick and easy solution to solve, which would benefit Britain itself if it worked as it would bring up the reputation of the country.

However, more than half of parents do not think sex education should be taught in schools according to a new survey. Some think is it appropriate to teach children about sex; whilst most others think it should be a parent’s choice to inform their own child. This is a sensitive subject and parents should have their own way to approach it and want to control what their children know, even more so at a young age. They love you, teacher’s don’t. This shows there are others to blame than the government, such as the families. They have as much control as the teachers do and should be enforcing their own rules upon their child and should be more involved with what their child is learning at school. Many parents have complained about what their child is being taught at schools, when really if they took more interest they could have solved their problems with the sex education classes and took matters into their own hands.

In summary, government pressure on schools to try to solve the runaway problem of British youth by introducing sex education has not only failed but seems to be causing the problem to get worse. It should send a message to parents everywhere to take more responsibility for their children’s puberty and to help them cope with increasing media and peer pressure. They will then hopefully influence the government not to interfere in personal issues of this type. As it is, the schools are getting the blame when it should be the government. Sex education should not be taught in schools but in homes where the consequences directly impact families and even communities.

Bibliography

http://www.mariestopes.org-uk/PressReleases/UK/New_STI_statisics_highlight_urgent_need_for_improved_sex_education.aspx

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1456789/Teen-prenancies-increase-after-sex-education-classes.html

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/343062

www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-13292133

www.enotes.com/sex-education-article

One thought on “Why sex education should not be taught in schools

  1. At 15, Victoria is able to express what many adults cannot – or are too shy to talk about to their kids! The only way to stop the sexploitation of young people by the media, internet and adult predators is for parents, aunts and uncles to connect with their kids before it is too late and stay close to them as they go through their changes unto adulthood.

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