This week’s class topic is very eye opening to me. For 19 years of my life, I was not aware that students were being taught about sexual health. I’m from Memphis, Tn and we were shown a youtube video that was about 10-15 minutes long when we were in the 7th grade. The girls were separated from the boys and the topic of our video was how penis erections worked. This is tragic and almost unethical in terms of the grand scheme of things. Predominately in the south sexual intercourse is viewed as an act of fun or a regular activity as if you were going to workout at the gym with a friend of the opposite sex. The majority of my friends and I became sexually active before or soon after we were shown the “educational video”. Together we can construct and implement a strategy to get our nation more educated as one unit.
Being a U.S citizen you withhold the obligation to attend school until you are a legal age by the government’s standards. My entire academic career I have been taking classes because it was required in order for me to graduate. As a number of years I spend in school gets greater and greater the freedom of my class choice grows as well. In my opinion there should be a nationwide class that is required to take in high school while everyone’s body is getting more mature and the peak of sexual hormones are being released, I would suggest freshman year. What are some ways to eliminate the gap in education that we have nationwide on a local, state, and national level? How important is sexual education, and can it lead to a decrease in sexual assault?