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With the increasing ubiquity of sexual images, teenagers receive a constant stream of sexual imagery and information. But whose responsibility is it to equip children and teens with the necessary knowledge to form attitudes about sex, relationships and intimacy? Is it the parents'? Or should educators provide teens with comprehensive sex education classes in schools?

Sex education should be taught in schools Show more Show less

School is where children hone their decision-making abilities and gain the skills to interpret the world around them. Sex should be a part of that education.
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Sex education creates a more inclusive environment

A comprehensive sex education program that includes LGBTQ+ relationships helps make schools more inclusive.
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Context

In schools where LGBTQ+ matters were taught as part of the sexual education curriculum, Homosexual, lesbian and transgender students feel safer at school and more broadly students attending the school report feeling safer.

The Argument

GLSEN’s National School Climate Survey revealed that 63% of LGBTQ+ students feel unsafe in the school setting. However, in schools where LGBTQ+ relationships were included as part of the sexual education instruction, less than half of LGBTQ+ students felt unsafe at school.[1] Teaching teens about LGBTQ+ relationships can make schools more inclusive by removing some of the negative stigma associated with homosexuality, transgenderism and lesbianism. For this reason, a comprehensive sexual education program should be taught in schools. This also extends beyond the LGBTQ+ community. Schools that teach a comprehensive sex education program, including same-sex relationships and consent, have lower suicide rates, lower rates of depression, lower rates of sexual assault and reduced anxiety among students.[2]

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Premises

[P1] Comprehensive school sex ed programs make schools safer. [P2] Therefore, schools should teach sex eduction.

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References

  1. https://pitjournal.unc.edu/article/sex-education-public-schools
  2. https://www.cbc.ca/radio/checkup/who-should-teach-sex-ed-parents-or-teachers-how-far-can-schools-go-1.4755243

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