Sex Education Should Be Made Mandatory in Schools

The current scenario of sex education in the US is not quite encouraging or effective. Either it is taught ineffectively, or it is taught keeping one goal in perspective – to perpetuate abstinence and post-marital sex. Therefore, the first question one has to ask is "What constitutes sex education" Sadly, when one tries to answer this, there arises the conflict between cultural values, how much is enough, and whether sexuality constitute both biological and behavioral science. Does sex education also attempt to explain the relationship between sexuality and media, religion, law, culture, arts, and gender I strongly feel that it should?
Sexuality constitutes our image of ourselves, determines our orientation and sexual health, and affects our social skills, relationships, and sexual behavior. Hence, sex education has a huge responsibility to play, contrary to popular opinion, and this can determine the human development of a child, who is the future citizen of a country. Is the ultimate aim of sex education to stop teenage pregnancy If so, then the role of sex education becomes quite negative and conservative in nature. It then aims to eradicate a social evil and prejudices the child’s mind, rather than helping them to take up a stand with the help of their own free will. Any form of force or action is always less effective than something that has been done from the inner self-will. This should be the proper aim of sex education.
Sometimes sex education becomes a bitter power play and a good instrument in the hands of various political organizations. It is a political tool and the US has faced such political tug of war in the field of sex education since the ’60s. In Talk about Sex: the Battles over sex education in the United States1.

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