5 Reasons Why the State of Sex Education in the United States Sucks

By Patrick Banks

Posted 7 months agoSEX

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The Sex Ed Crisis

The United States is a country that sets precedence in many fields. In the field of technology, for example, the country’s Silicon Valley is a worldwide phenomenon. With its new inventions every passing season, it has become famous for setting the tone in the world of technology.In the academic front, the U.S. leads the world in several fields as schools like Harvard and Yale continue to propel it higher. But there is a field where the U.S. does not excel and appears to trail the others: sex education.

Comprehensive sex education appears to be elusive in the United States as the system keeps shying away from it. Currently, there are only 22 states that mandate sex education. Of these, only 13 have it as a requirement that the information be accurate from a medical perspective. This shows that there is a problem withsex education in the U.S.The results have been the lack of information regarding consent, increased rates of STDs as well as unplanned pregnancies. With inadequate information, young people are unable to make the right choices. Well, this article seeks to reveal the problems impacting sex education in the U.S. as well as ways to make it better.

5 Problems with the State of Sex Education

1. Treating it different compared to other types of education

treating or considering sex education in the United States in a different manneris not a new phenomenon. Today, a student’s ability to grasp certain aspects like writing college essays is important. However, in our admittance of the above, we fail to admit that sex education is as important and in adulthood,its importance supersedes that of literature or biology. For other subjects, we take students to road trips and even engage them in discussion groups to help get the best from them. Discussions in pre written research papers involving issues like the use of condoms as well as consent need to become commonplace in schools. Students should talk about their fears regarding sex as much as they discuss other subjects in school.

2. Starting sex education late

Robbie Harris notes that sex education starts when a parent names the parts of the body to their children. She continues to say that it can also start when children start asking their parentsdifficult Some of these questions include things like “where did I come from?” When a child asks such a question, it is upon the parent to know how to approach it and to ensure they make the moment a teachable moment. However, sex ed in America starts late,and this means that children grow up around parents and a society that suppresses their curiosity. Suppressing their curiositymeans that the young people have the room to explore and this never ends well.

3. Ignorance of important issues like consent, pleasure, and healthy relationship

there are many instances when students find themselves with questions regarding consent, pleasure, and healthy relationships. However, these never find answers because those who are responsible for providing the answers are unwilling to offer them. Sanoff notes that sex education in America focuses more on scaring the students instead of empowering them. Often, the scare tactics work but lead to students wanting to learn by themselves and withholding whichever questions and uncertainties they have regarding the topic. This is a testament to the state of education in America.

4. Stigmatizing the issue of condoms and their usage

the issue of condoms and their availability in schools led to numerous debates. On the one hand, some people were arguing that they should be available in schools. On the other hand, others believe the availability of condoms in schools leads to an increase in sexual activity in schools. However, with an increase in teenage pregnancy as well as STDs among the teens, it is sensible to consider the option of introducing condoms in schools. But some parents have been at the forefront saying that condoms should not be accessible to students. There is a divide in the society over the issue of condom accessibility,and this leaves the students in the middle with no direction and no leadership.

5. Exclusion of the LGBT within the prism of sex education

today, everything has to include something regarding the LGBT community. In the spirit of embracing diversity, even sex education needs to include aspects of the LGBT. In another article, Sanoff notes that teens of the LGBT community get pregnant quite often and this is as a result of the inadequacy of the sex ed programs. Additionally, teens from the LGBT community experience bullying and abuse from other teens and in the end, a majority of them commit suicide. The exclusion of the LGBT community from sex education programs continues to create an ideal society that is not considerate of the status quo. Students from the LGBT community need to be a part of the new programs and empowerment should not be for the straight alone. As a society and world that claims to be ready to combat issues of division, embracing diversity is only right.

How We Can Make It Better

Below  are ways we can make sex education better:

  • Starting it early – staring sex education early takes away the option of exploring on the part of their children. When teachers give the students’ questions the attention they require, exploring on their own becomes less of an option. However, suppressing these means that students are not given enough information to make important decisions. So, in the end, the option of exploring becomes lucrative.

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  • Inclusion of practicals like in the sciences –sex education is boring when teachers fail to involve the students and neglect the importance of practicals. The use of a banana in practicals as most teachers use only helps to make the topic less appealing and more childish. Teens know the parts of a body and would appreciate if teachers treat them as people who know what is happening. They are not oblivious to the happenings around them. So, schools should includepracticals which are within the applicable principles. These practicals should involve props like the image shown below:

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  • Treating sex education like any other type of education–treating sex education as a different type of education or an outside subject reduces its seriousness and students are thus unable to consider or approach it as they should. So, teachers have to normalize sex education and make it interesting and friendly by the students. Normalizingthe education makes the inclusion or inclusion of topics like pleasure, consent, and condom usage easy. It is difficult to include these while considering sex education as an outside subject. So, teachers should enhance normalcy and make the environment favorable and friendly to the point where students engage in the discussions.
About the author Patrick Banks

Patrick is a Berlin-based dating advisor, motivational speaker, a huge fitness and vegan diet enthusiast and the main editor at Wingman Magazine, specialised in men's health. His ultimate goal is to share with men around the world his passion for self-development and to help them to become the greatest version of themselves. He believes a healthy body and successful social interactions are two main keys to happiness.

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