When was the last time you learn math? Unless
you’re an engineer or scientist, I would bet it was the awful class in high
school. Imagine if your parents could have opted you out of that. What if they
could have just signed a sheet of paper and exempted you from math? Well, as difficult
and horrible as math is, it’s still important. Maybe you don’t use it every
day, but sometimes it is useful, so is sex education. Even if you don’t plan to
be sexually active, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t learn about sex or
other topics about sex, such as anatomy, contraceptives, etc. Sex education is
just as important as math, or even more important because you will need it more
in life than math. Comprehensive and medically accurate sex education should be
compulsory, especially for the younger generation.
Sex is a natural part of life, and it happens
with or without sex education. A 2015 study found that about 40% of Chinese undergraduates
have had the first intercourse in sixteen to eighteen. The finding also
indicated that over the past three decades, more young Chinese are doing it,
with more partners, at a younger age. What’s striking was that nearly 40% of
undergraduates accept booty call. However, many of them lack sex education and
seldom use condoms, which means they are not protecting themselves. As a
result, abortion rates and sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise.
In China, most parents seldom talk with their
children about sex, no wonder some teenagers even think that they emerged from
a rock. For most Chinese parents, sex education seems to be a distraction from
studies, so they can take their children out for no reason at all. Meanwhile, I
am all for religious freedom, but religious abstinence can hardly be the reason
for students not receiving sex education. It’s important that teenagers get all
the information they can, and then make a decision about their own values. Don’t
let religion or family values be a reason to let students be taken out of
sexual health education. Don’t let morals obstruct children’s learning.
Let’s recall math class once more. Everything
you learned was factual information. But what if that wasn’t the case? What if
your teacher wasn’t obligated to teach accurate information? Unfortunately,
this is the case for sex education in our country. Most of what is taught are
substandard, and many teenagers fail to find a concrete solution by learning anatomy
only in schools.
Sex education is important. It’s been proven
time and time again. As a matter of fact, students who receive sex education in
schools are shown to first have intercourse later than students who have not
had sex education. Sex education does not encourage teenagers to have sex, on
the contrary, it encourages students to think twice before they do.
All in all, sex education should be compulsory
and be incorporated into schooling. Besides, sex education should be
comprehensive, medically accurate, and taught throughout student’s school
years, 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.