By: Alyssa N.

Sex education in schools today is such a taboo topic to talk about. Nobody really goes into the depths of it. And it shows: according to Psychology Today, “a report released last year by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control found that fewer than half of high schools and only a fifth of middle schools teach all 16 topics the CDC lists as essential components of sex education. Those topics include how to obtain and use condoms, the benefits of condom use, and the kinds of preventative care necessary to maintain sexual health.” I feel as though if sex was talked in more depth, we’d have less STIs, pregnancies, etc. 

It isn’t just schools that don’t talk about sex education, but many parents as well. I feel as though most parents make the choice not to talk about it because they are trying to protect their child’s innocence, even though it’s a topic they need to learn about. They don’t teach their kids about sex ed, and then the kid ends up getting an STI or becoming pregnant and the kid gets blamed for not knowing what to do. The blame isn’t 100% the kids’ fault in that case; it could also be viewed as the parents/guardians’ fault for not teaching the kids. And, since schools barely seem to provide resources about sex, we should be having more of these conversations.


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