While sex education is usually performed in single-sex classrooms, students still suffer from shame or can get excited by the discussions on the subject. This may result out of control classrooms with students who take a laugh and make inappropriate comments.
Often, sex education in schools is considered as a recreational course rather than a serious issue. There are many pros and cons to sexual education being taught in the public schools. There are more parents that are in favor of sexual education classes.
Pros of sex education in schools:
- Classes are gender-exclusive. This saves embarrassment among students and teach them only what they need to know based on their gender.
- Properly taught, sex education could become a regular and ongoing Human Anatomy and Biology complete with tests and grading that goes toward graduation credits.
- Students can be taught the correct terms of the reproductive system of sexually transmitted diseases and contraception birth instead of "street slang."
- Myths surrounding sex can be dispelled (for example, can not get pregnant the first time).
- Studies show that many teenagers become sexually active before the inclusion of educational classes. Principles of inclusion of classes has been shown to help students stay or to abstain or at least be responsible if they are active.
- Proper sex education can have an impact on the prevention of sexual problems in adulthood.