When was the last time you learn math? Unlessyou’re an engineer or scientist I would bet it was that awful subject in highschool. Imagine if your parents could have opted you out of that.
What if theycould have just signed a sheet of paper and exempted you from math? Well, as difficultand horrible as math is, it’s still important. Maybe you don’t use it everyday, but it is useful at times, so is sex education. Even if you don’t plan tobe sexually active, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t learn about sex orother topics about sex education, such as anatomy, contraceptives, etc. Sexeducation is just as important as math, or even more important because you willneed it more in life than math. Comprehensive and medically accurate sexeducation should be compulsory, especially for the younger generation.
Sex is a natural part of life, and it happenswith or without sex education. A 2015 study found that about 40% of Chinese undergraduateshave had the first intercourse in sixteen to eighteen. Other polls put thatfigure lower but constantly indicate that over the past three decades, moreyoung Chinese are doing it, with more partners, at a younger age.
What’s strikingwas that nearly 40% of undergraduates accept booty call. However, many of them lacksex education and seldom use condoms, which means they are not protectingthemselves. As a result, abortion rates and sexually transmitted diseases are onthe rise. In China, most parents seldom talk with theirchildren about sex, no wonder some teenagers even think that they emerged froma rock. For most Chinese parents, sex education seems to be a distraction fromstudies, so they can take their children out for no reason at all. Meanwhile, Iam all for religious freedom, but religious abstinence can hardly be the reasonfor students not receiving sex education.
It’s important that teenagers get allthe information they can, and then make a decision about their own values. Don’tlet religion or family values be a reason to let students be taken out ofsexual health education. Don’t let morals obstruct children’s learning.
Let’s recall math class once more. Everythingyou learned was factual information. But what if that wasn’t the case? What ifyour teacher wasn’t obligated to teach accurate information? Unfortunately,this is the case for sex education in our country. Most of what is taught aresubstandard, and many teenagers fail to find a concrete solution by learning anatomyonly in schools.
Sex education is important. It’s been proventime and time again. As a matter of fact, students who receive sex education inschools are shown to first have intercourse later than students who have nothad sex education. Sex education does not encourage teenagers to have sex, onthe contrary, it encourages students to think twice before they do.All in all, sex education should be compulsoryand be incorporated into schooling. Besides, sex education should becomprehensive, medically accurate, and taught throughout student’s schoolyears, just like math. Not only is having access to sex education a human right,but also our fundamental duty as a society to educate the next generation.