Sex Education classes for High School

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Sex Education classes for High School

Luciano Fernandez Puerta, Editor

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Sexuality is a physical component that compromises humans both physically and mentally. According to NCBI, 71 percent of Americans up to 19 years old have experienced sexual intercouses. With today’s media boom, it’s common for teens to gain incorrect information and even be part of the many dangers that sexuality can potentially have. At TCS, it’s fundamental for students to gain experience, especially knowing that such staggering numbers of teens are sexually active. For high schoolers at The Columbus School unconformity and lack of information needs for the school to grant more sex educative classes and  provide relevant information.

When it comes to sex educational classes at TCS, the increment is a necessity. At a high school age, it’s proven that teens start to take part in a sexually-active lifestyle, but they do so without enough information. Only 20 states in the US require sex and HIV education be taught in schools, “Sex is a fundamental part of being human; but less than half of states require sex and HIV education, and most of what is taught is sub-par.” (Stayteen 11.) The lack of information is also moved by the frequency in which the student body receives information on sexuality, “The class should be each month; I think there is no limit as to learning about sexuality, there are always new questions and topics to cover,” Pedro Jimenez 11th grade student, said. The clear misinformation of teens is probably one of the most important reasons as to why the school should increase the amount of sex educational classes at school. The lack of information and inconsistency of sex education classes is upon the many reasons as to why it’s urgent to provide more sexual information to the student body at TCS.

With so much social pressure and stimuli from media, teens tend to feel pressure to participate in sexual activities without any context. This can be strongly related to unwanted pregnancies as well as the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. Most of the consequences of early intercourses affect women and much research has focused upon them.  “As part of a study on teenage pregnancy, where 137 women were interviewed, 46 men were also interviewed. They were less likely to have had teaching about sex from parents and were subject to less parental supervision than the women.” The concern rose that the lack of these classes can have repercussions at the school as well, “Unexpected pregnancies can be tied back to not having enough courses, people take this decisions when they are uninformed ; and on a school like ours it’s important to be up to date, ” Jimenez, said. Transmission of sexual diseases and unwanted pregnancies are just the start. Increasing the amount of this classes at TCS can help reduce the tendency to having such issues as well as providing a healthier education for students.

To properly ensure that students are well informed,  it’s fundamental to figure out how to apply sex education on to the school curriculum, “Intentionally merge the sex education class into courses that can be relevant to promote learning in a transversal way. More than an established course, it’s appropriate to see it multiple times a year, find a way to transverse sex education with the courses students see daily can be a wonderful opportunity,”Ana Garcia HS counselor, said. It’s fundamental than in order to not create disorder in the tight schedule the school has, to implement informative assignments on classes that can have relevance to the topic. This can be Social Studies ,Spanish, English and others that can include upon their class to orient students. Transversing sex education to actual courses can be beneficial for not only time but also in quality an diversified education for our school.

The idea of teens engaging in sexual activities, along with the pressure of media and youth to act in such, and the common danger of sexually transmitted diseases and teen unwanted pregnancies calls for the indispensable need of more sex education at TCS.