Breanna A. Kentucky

Add Sex Ed to Daily Education

In this generation sex ed classes are needed, but aren't available in many school systems.

Dear Future President, 

I believe that sex education is a very important topic for my generation. As of March 1st, 2016 there are currently 24 states that require public schools to teach sex education and 33 states that require students to learn about HIV/AIDS. I think that sex ed should be added to every school's curriculum because it gives every teen knowledge they need before they think about taking that big step. Adding sex ed to daily education will save many kids from getting HIV/AIDS, getting pregnant at young ages, having miscarriages, getting abortions, etc. The point of sex ed is to teach preteens and teens the dangers of having sex and to be smart about it. In 2014, a total of 249,078 babies were born to teens 15–19 years, with the  birth rate of 24.2 per 1,000 teen girls in this age group. In my opinion, sex ed would help many teens and save many lives as well. It takes more than just talking, but adding sex ed in daily education would be a big help. Teens have the right to live a healthy life. In my opinion, providing teens with the skills and resources to make healthy decisions about sex and relationships is far more effective than denying us information and simply telling us not to have sex. Reports state that each year in the U.S., teens experience as many as 850,000 pregnancies, and youth under age 25 experience about 9.1 million sexually transmitted infections. If sex ed classes were to be added I believe that the pregnancies and STIs would successfully go down. I honestly believe that sex ed will make a huge difference and should be considered to be added to school systems all across America.