Sex education in schools has become necessary in this day and age to not only educate teens about sex, but to inform them of the many repercussions of unprotected sex. Teenagers (having been one myself, not long ago) are generally impulsive. They are at the age of taking on real responsibility for their futures for the first time. Their bodies are changing daily. Some of them are falling in love (or so they think). The impulse is natural, something starts to feel good and they want that feeling to continue…we’ve all seen “The Blue Lagoon”.
Unprotected sex can not only lead to unplanned pregnancy and STD’s, but now we are finding that one particular STD can cause cancer. Despite your moral or religious beliefs, why would you want your children to walk into something so blindly? Whether you believe that they will have sex as teenagers or not, don’t you want them to be educated on the subject? I never felt as though the sexual education course in my high school was encouraging me to have sex. In fact, I felt just the opposite. They give you a baby doll with a microchip and send you home with it under the threat that if it cries for more than thirty-seconds you fail the assignment. They even showed us a video of a live birth, after which I vowed to never have children. If I do, however, I want them to know how to put on a condom. I want them to be taught about all the horrible sexually-transmitted diseases. I don’t want them to be afraid to ask me to put them on birth control. I want their school to scare them into being so terrified of diseases or giving up their childhood to raise a baby that they think twice before letting that good feeling sweep them away into making a decision they regret for the rest of their lives.
Sex education does not encourage teens to have sex. Sex education encourages teens to think twice about having sex by educating them about sex, hygiene and responsibility. They are not walking into a classroom, being paired up with a partner and instructed as to how to have actual intercourse. In fact, I don’t recall ever being taught in a classroom how intercourse actually works. So, to answer the question posed in the title of this article: No, it does not encourage, but rather discourages.