In 2011, the centers for disease control and Prevention (CDC) established that an average of 47% of high school students engaged in sexual practices and an additional 15% of the young adults have more than four sexual partners (NCSL, 2018). With this continuing trends, different organizations have over the years intensified their campaigns against this vice to reduce different disadvantages including unplanned pregnancies, increased school dropout among female students and poverty. Sex education in Minnesota has solemnly concentrated on abstinence as the main factor that can be used to control sexual practices among students in the state. Some of the laws developed by the local government over the last two decades include the Minnesota sexuality education law and policy established in 1988 and the education omnibus bills passed in 2007 (Mnwomen, 2018).
Considering the current sexuality trends in most states in the US, children should be exposed to sex education topics at the age of 9 years. Notably, this is because at this period most of them have the ability to distinguish the good and the bad human behaviors. Some of the topics that should be introduced at this age include the human reproduction system and other aspects of social conventions including respecting other people’s privacy, the role of sexuality in relationships, nudity and respecting other individual’s relationships (Mnwomen, 2018). These topics provide a general overview of human sex life and accepting every member of the society regardless of their sexuality.
Sex education should, therefore, be mandated as part of the public schools’ curriculum as it helps students to understand the importance of abstaining and engaging in responsible sexual practices. Some of between sex education in Minnesota and that of other states such as California they all emphasize the concept of abstinence and increase in the use of birth control methods among teenagers (SickKids hospital staff, 2018). Additionally, if the subject is mandated in public schools, parents should not be allowed to exempt their children as it may affect the steps set up by both the government and other relevant agencies in controlling sexual behaviors among teenagers. Consequently, this will help improve the overall public health of the state and those of its people.
NCSL. (2018). State Policies on Sex Education in Schools. Retrieved from http://www.ncsl.org/research/health/state-policies-on-sex-education-in-schools.aspx
Mnwomen. (2018). Sex Education in Minnesota – Minnesota Women’s Consortium. Retrieved from http://www.mnwomen.org/research-and-resources/sex-education-in-minnesota/
SickKids hospital staff. (2018). AboutKidsHealth. Retrieved from https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=716&language=English