We need better sex education programs

Alejandra Prieto

There’s about one pregnant girl in every class you go into, maybe even two. Many girls I’ve talked to say they didn’t plan it or say it was an accident and didn’t know it would have happened to them. 

Schools should be required to teach comprehensive, medically accurate sex education.  

Many may argue that schools should decide their own curriculums because the medical education would be too explicit, or like most students in Morton say:  we don’t need sex ed because everyone already knows about sex and prevention already. 

The last time I encountered a sex education class was my sophomore year of high school. It was a one week course where it just generalized the important points of sex and prevention.  By generalization, I mean:  You should always use a condom it’s the safest way”, “you can get many diseases from having unprotected sex such as…”, and they make you practice putting a condom on. After the practice, the course is basically over. Schools should spend more time explaining when students should get a checkup, where the free clinics are if girls decide to be safe and get on birth control, as well as providing options on what to do when getting pregnant.  

Most of the students are affected by the lack of sex education because they believe they know everything or have the mindset of “that won’t happen to me”. Things that will better the class would be to make the course longer and tell all the possibilities of unprotected and protected sex and provide locations where students can go if something were to happen, such as clinics.