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I need some good points as to why sex education should be taught in schools, this would be part of my 5 paragraph essay on the topic.

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Leaving sex education up to the parents is a suggested alternative to having it taught in schools. But, let's face it, many of the parents don't know very much about the subject themselves--except they have found out that having sex leads to having a baby. They know that much for sure. But how many parents could explain how the spermatazoon penetrates the ovum and forms a zygote in the uterus, or all the other biological facts connected with this complex subject? One parent in a hundred?

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Sex education should obviously be taught in school at the level where it is appropriate, which would seem to be middle school. However, sex education, if it is ever offered, should not include information on contraception because this would outrage many parents and jeopardize the whole idea of sex education. There are of course a great number of parents who believe in total abstinence before marriage, and they would tend to regard teaching about contraception as the school's advocacy of premarital sexual intercourse. This seems to be the reason that it is so difficult for schools to offer sex education classes, although most of the kids no doubt would find it most interesting. To many parents the term "sex education" seems to mean something like "safe sex education." It is a question that is very hot to handle. But sex education in schools is such an important matter that it will probably become commonplace at some time in the future. Maybe that time will come when the kids who are now in school become parents themselves. 

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When teenagers have sex, they ae likely to get pregnant. Pregnant teenagers are a burden on society. They cannot afford to raise the baby themselves, so they are not prodctive members of society. Since the parents are young and juggling so many parts of growing up at once, the children sometimes end up as less than fully-functional.

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It is important because it teaches kids what they should do to prevent anything bad from happening.