Is sex education adequately taught in schools today?
Daniel Lee, Junior, Modesto High School
"Sex education, though adequate, is not taught properly at schools today. Certainly an understanding of the human body is integral to a good and complete education, but the abstinence that is advocated namely through the scare tactics of devastating teen and STD anecdotes transgresses that thin line separating religion and government. While not necessarily supporting premarital relations nor denying the detrimental effects of them, I am recognizing that Judeo-Christian morals, which in many regards have determined Americans' collective sense of right and wrong, are being imposed upon through supposedly secular governmental means. On this token, it is the great challenge of American government to strike a balance between a sense of biblically influenced justice and the American need for its separation from church. The methods by which sex education is being taught today are unconstitutional."
Nora Cassidy, Junior, Modesto High School
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"I think that it is. I really support the sex education program for fifth- and sixth-graders because that is the age that kids are reaching puberty but parents are still not comfortable talking about the repercussions of a changing body. Happily, the school nurses are there to fill in. As a graduation requirement, high schoolers must take a health course that includes a section on sex ed. While abstinence is encouraged in the lesson, students are given instruction on safe sex as well. I think that this realistic approach is the best way to deal with the fact that teenagers do have sex."
Peter Hodson, Sophomore, Modesto High School
"Yes, to a certain extent. I do not believe the consequences of any premarital sexual activity are covered well enough. To me, it seemed as if health class was almost encouraging the act by telling of the various forms of contraception and how they work. If more attention was drawn to the detrimental social, physical, and emotional effects of premarital sexual activity, I believe sex education would have a more profound effect on today's youth."
Victoria Pardini, Sophomore, Modesto High School
"I'm not really sure how to correctly answer this question, mainly because I learned everything from health class, so I can't really give a second opinion or compare or judge it to something else. Sure, sometimes it was a little embarrassing to be taught those sorts of things in the middle of a coed class, but really, it taught me all I wanted (or needed) to know, so I'd say from my experience, it was adequately taught."
Rebecca Mears, Freshman, Modesto High School
"I believe sexual education cannot be taught adequately if the teacher just tries to get through the lesson as quickly as possible. I think it would best if the school brings in an expert, such as someone from the Modesto Pregnancy Center. Personally, I believe we should teach it to kids when they are much younger, because they will be more aware of how one bad choice could ruin their whole future."
Tyler Robertson, Sophomore, Modesto High School
"I think it is well taught, but it should be stressed in a different way. Sex education has always been taught like it's a real science, when it should be taught in a more down-to-earth manner. There is a lot of uncomfortable ground to go through, but I believe it's important to break this ground for the sake of a more balanced educational standpoint. I just don't think that the current education given allows us to fully embrace the concept for something outside of science. It's a lot more important than the schools are making it out to be."
James McIntyre, Eighth Grade, Oakdale Junior High School
"I had a sex-education class taught to me in seventh grade in health. I thought it was very well taught and full of information that you could not learn off the street from your friends. The teacher was very mature and taught us all of the material without any hesitations. These classes did very well in informing many of the student about many of the experiences that they will have in their adult life."
Tim Day, Sophomore, Modesto High School
“Sex Education is taught very explicitly at schools, however it is not really taught by the teachers. Spend a day on a high school campus and you’re bound to learn something.”