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Make sex ed classes mandatory?

Published: May 4, 2013
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Regarding “Contradiction: Group (sorta) likes government meddling” (Our Views, April 25): Oklahoma law doesn't require sex education. Local school boards decide whether or not to teach it. However, if it is taught, abstinence is often stressed as the only effective protection against unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases. The tragedy is that teaching about contraceptives, such as condoms or the pill, is not required. Students are just told to “not to have sex.” This obviously doesn't work. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, more than 47 percent of all high school students say they've had sex and three in 10 girls in the U.S. will be pregnant at least once before their 20th birthday.

Students may not realize that condoms are free or can be bought at a health clinic at a reduced price, which may help prevent many unwanted pregnancies. One can also buy condoms regardless of age. Why should this information be suppressed in a class about sex? What if a sex ed class is the only chance a student has to learn about healthy sexual practices?

Perhaps sex education should be required. Why not?

Kristi Hendricks, Tuttle


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