Sex Education 3The purpose of this paper is to explore the issue of sex education in the publicschool system. This is an important issue because teens are becoming sexually active atyounger ages. The incidence of teenage sex and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) isalarmingly high. By age seventeen, over 50 percent of teenagers have engaged in oralsex, between five percent and 30 percent of thirteen-year-olds have had sexualintercourse, and more than nine million new cases of STDs are contracted by Americansbetween the ages of fifteen and twenty-four every year (Shafer, 2006). The amount of teenage pregnancies is also very alarming. “The teen pregnancy rate in the U.S. is thehighest among the most developed countries in the world… and despite recent declines inteenage pregnancy rates, 31 percent of American teens still experience pregnancy(Planned Parenthood, 2006)”. Sex education for kids and teens has been an extremelycontroversial topic, mostly due to the fact that there are many conflicting views betweenparents and educators. Most people agree that American school systems need to havesome kind of sexual education program, and most do, the question is, what kind?One part of a nurses’ role is to act as an educator. This means ensuring that theirclients have proper information when it comes to sexual education. Nurses are currentlyseeing more and more young people presenting with sexual health issues that maypotentially take a negative toll on the rest of their lives. It is frustrating for nurses to seethese kids suffer because they had incorrect information, or no information on theconsequences of sexual activity. School nurses play a large role in the sex education (sexed) programs in schools. School personnel look to school nurses for providing accurateinformation to use in their programs.