I have an argument I want to make, that I think is going to enrage some people. The statement of my argument is this: Sexual education should not be a parent's choice. Here is some of the reasoning behind my argument: 1. A good government needs to implement comprehensive sexual education to protect public health. A good government should do it's best to protect the public health. A government already does this through public sanitation. Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) are a threat to public health. According to Medpage today, STDs are on the rise. Source: http://www.medpagetoday.com/OBGYN/STDs/7388 According to the Los Angeles Times, certain STDs are on the rise because of risky sexual behavior. Source: http://articles.latimes.com/2007/nov/14/science/sci-std14 According to Medical News Today, some of these STDs can be treated with early recognition. Source: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/88683.php Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) can be prevented with sexual education. According to the American Psychological Association, comprehensive sexual education helps promote safer sex practices. Source: http://www.apa.org/releases/sexeducation.html Not all forms of sexual education are effective enough to prevent STDs. According to MSNBC, many pediatricians do not believe abstinence-only education is effective. Source: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8470845/ According to the New York Times, the largest study on abstinence only education found it did not effect one's sexual debut. Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/18/education/18abstain.html According to the Washington Post, abstinence-only education had virtually no effect on condom use, when compared with normally available services. Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/13/AR2007041301003.html Therefore, a good government should implement comprehensive sexual education to prevent the spread of STDs, thus protecting the general health of it's citizens. Not all parents are capable of giving their children comprehensive sexual education, nor do all parents want their children to have comprehensive sexual education. However, people will eventually begin to have sex. If they are never given the opportunity to learn about sexual diseases, and how to prevent sexual diseases, then how can they protect themselves when they start having sexual intercourse? Relying on parents alone to teach their children about STDs is not effective enough to combat the rising levels of STDs inside of the United States, and across the world. Therefore, we should take the responsibility out of the hands of parents, and put it in to the hands of professionally trained teachers, who can ensure children understand STDs well enough to prevent them.