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Parents Want Sex Education in Schools

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Last week I was watching the popular TV show The Middle, and parents Mike and Frankie Heck were struggling to remember if they’d ever spoken to their kids about sex. “That’s what schools are for,” Frankie, the mom joked.
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"Parents Want Sex Education in Schools." MomsRising's Blog. Web. 10 Nov. 2014. This blog reflects on the a television show that joked about schools teaching sexual education. The idea that schools are teaching sex ed was a joke. This implies that no one would take the class seriously enough to actually pay attention to the information. Teens don't take classes seriously especially when come to an inappropriate topic. With parents, they can take the time to have a serious talk about the subject matters.
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Parents Complain: Sex Ed Textbook 'Equivalent to Pornography' - YouTube

–Parents compare a sex education book to pornography http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/08/12/3470152/california-sex-ed-textbook/ –On the Bonus Show: The D...
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https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1LRZu815yhw "Parents Complain: Sex Ed Textbook 'Equivalent to Pornography'" YouTube. Web. 10 Nov. 2014. The video above concerns the images that are used in the sexual education class textbooks that are being used in many schools sex ed classes. The sexual intensity of the images has a lot of people questioning rather or not that want to expose their child to such inappropriate pictures. Even though the text book is used for learning purposes, it still contains unnecessary graphics that shouldn't be introduced in the classroom setting. Such graphics leads to more distractions than education which defeats the purpose of the class itself.
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The Stats

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Just The Stats. 2006. By Angela Pascopella.

           In the picture above, this shows the image version of the education statistics that's being taught in schools. Only 19 states talk about the use of condoms during intercourse. The other 31 states do not provide this information but all parents are available to teach their children it. If sexually education is suppose to be taught to teens, then all of the topics that falls under it should be addressed to avoid confusion and other issues that could happen.  The use of parents instead of teachers will help to eliminate any myths that have been made about any sexual topic that the school board may be avoiding for any reason. With the current generation, these topics listed on this statistics picture alone shows the lack of information quality on the school's behalf. Teens see sexual images all the time but are not all properly taught the effects of those sexually actions because of school restrictions. When it comes to parents, the amounts of information is limitless and every topic can be properly addressed.

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Sex education - tips for parents - Better Health Channel

Sex education - tips for parents - Better Health Channel | Sex Ed | Scoop.it
Parents need to talk to children about sexual matters, but it can be difficult. Simple tips and a range of practical suggestions are available, which may help open the lines of communication. Sexuality education is an ongoing process - short and frequent conversations are better than the big, one-off talk.
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"Sex Education - Tips for Parents - Better Health Channel." Better Health Channel. State Government of Victoria. Web. 10 Nov. 2014.

            Sex education is an ongoing topic to learn about especially throughout the teen years of children. Just having one class on this topic will not provide enough stable or constant information compared to always having a parent around when you have a question or need advice on a situation. The class its self may not even be prepared for the real world situations that may arise instead it just give factual information that can be found anywhere. Even though some parents feel awkward or uncomfortable talking to their child about sexual topics for the first time, many teens feel more comfortable coming to them for advice rather than go to a teacher who they didn’t know for a long period of time.

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Anna Quindlen: Sex Ed

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Quindlen, Anna. "Sex Ed." Ed. The McGraw-Hill Reader, Gilbert H. Muller. New York City, New York 2014

            In the essay listed above it states issues about Sex Ed specifically with teenagers. There has been some debate on rather or not teens should be taught sex education in the classrooms or leave that job for the parents. Anna Quindlen says, “This is the kind of basic fact of life that must be taught not in the classroom, not by a stranger, but at home by the family.”(199). In most cases, teens do not retain information that a school teacher provides they just maintain it for that moment just to produce a well enough grade to pass the class. With a subject such as sex education, students wouldn’t take it seriously enough in schools because of the amount of sexually peer pressure in the classroom its self unlike being at home with their parents. Parents are the main teachers of life skills such as sex ed. Teens most likely retain the information provided from their parents than one provided from a teacher especially if the parent teaches their child at their early teen years. Children themselves look up and relate to their parents in most life cases rather than a stranger or a teacher.

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Mississippi Public Broadcasting - News - Parents Looking at Options for New Sex Education Plans

Mississippi leads the nation in the rate of teen births as well as some sexually transmitted diseases like chlamydia and gonorrhea. MPB's Daniel Cherry reports how a new law requires school distric...
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Mississippi Pep. 13 Oct. 2013. Radio. Laws have been past to enable schools to have sex ed classes in schools. These laws were initially used to help lower that STD and teen pregnancy rate. The classes are not actually proven to actually lower the rates but they are hoping it decreases the rate at any cost. The teens however even with the classes in school will most likely do what they feel. Classes alone can not produce a drastic pregnancy or STD rate. Without parental influence, the government will basically waste the money on the program all together.
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Sex Education and Sexual Socialization: Roles for Educators and Parents

Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 39, 2
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Shtarkshall, Ronny A., John S. Santelli, and Jennifer S. Hirsch. "Sex Education And Sexual Socialization: Roles For Educators And Parents." Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health 39.2 (2007): 116-19. Print.

        In the journal entry above, it tells of the advantages of parents teaching children about sexual actions. Hirsch says "Adolescents who describe their relationship with at least one parent as warm and supportive, compared with those who do not describe their relationships this way, are more likely to delay the initiation of sexual activity and less likely to engage in frequent sexual intercourse." (23-25). Just with one parent alone instead of a teacher could help decrease the sexually active teens rate. Even though some schools may provide good information on certain topics, parents themselves should be in main educators in a child's life when it comes to sexual education. The parents know of any conditions the child may have and can give them information specifically for them instead of focusing and comparing them with other teens their age. 

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Possible sex ed changes at the kindergarten level outrages parents

Possible sex ed changes at the kindergarten level outrages parents | Sex Ed | Scoop.it
Monday's CCSD Board of Trustees meeting was met with a packed room of angry parents.
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"Possible Sex Ed Changes at the Kindergarten Level Outrages Parents." KTNV. Web. 10 Nov. 2014.

            As show in the link to the video above, school’s sexual education departments are out of hand when it comes to teaching children sexual life skills. Past students quote that sexual education classes taught them little to nothing about sexual education it’s self. The idea of having to read about sexual education through a text book instead of being comfortable enough to speak about it results in the likely hood of not even retaining what was supposed to be learned. When parents heard how classrooms were teaching young kids the wrong ideas of sexual education, it caused chaos. Not all parents agreed on certain topics that were brought up in the classes and not all of the information that was taught was considered appropriate for certain age groups. This further leads to the point that parents should initially teach their children certain basic life skills to prevent any misunderstandings later on in early and future life.   

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Parents Sex Ed Center

Advocates for Youth champions efforts that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. Advocates believes it can best serve the field by boldly advocating for a more positive and realistic approach to adolescent sexual health. Advocates focuses its work on young people ages 14-25 in the U.S. and around the globe.
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Huberman, Barbara. "Parents Sex Ed Center." Parents Sex Ed Center. 1 Jan. 2008. Web. 9 Nov. 2014.     

            Barbara Huberman says, “When parents talk to and affirm the value of their children, young people are more likely to develop positive, healthy attitudes about themselves.” This goes back to the effect that pressure has on teens. In a classroom setting, most children want to fit in even if that means lying about being sexually active or not. They feel less of themselves if most of their peers are doing it and they’re not but when they are with their parents, teens can feel completely honest with themselves. Huberman says, “Research shows that positive communication between parents and their children can help young people establish individual values and make healthy decisions.” With the right amount of communication between both parents and their children, it helps to promote more helpful values than in the classroom setting.

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