Benefits Of Comprehensive Sex Education

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Introduction Sexuality has so much more to do with not having sex than it does actually having sex. Those who have had a comprehensive sex education would understand this. Those who are unfortunate to not have had comprehensive sex education would not understand this. Comprehensive sex education is not limited to not only sexual behaviors but encompasses a whole ray of topics. Furthermore, the comprehensive method supports young people by giving them the knowledge and skills they need in order to have healthy sexual lives. Research has revealed that comprehensive sex education has positive results in reducing unprotected sex, teen pregnancies, and STI’s (Starkman and Rajani 2002). So why not comprehensive sex education? This paper will evaluate both comprehensive sex education and abstinence-only sex education. A Case for Comprehensive Sex Education Comprehensive sex education is designed around the idea that sexuality is much more than having sex. Comprehensive education attempts to provide an environment where students can talk about sexuality in open non-judgmental way. Lets’ get honest here. How many of us wanted to talk about sex with our parents? I know I didn’t! I assume that most did not. Wouldn’t it be nice to have an outlet where students are encouraged to speak with each other and non-family adult about sex? Perhaps the discussion could start in the class room and then make its way home. Furthermore, how many parents are educated themselves on how to approach their teenage son or daughter on sexuality. A survey conducted by New York University’s Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health along with Planned Parenthood Federation of America conducted a survey of parents about how they talk about sex to their ch... ... middle of paper ... ...ucation vs. Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Programs.” Humans Rights Magazine 38(2). Planned Parenthood 2014. “Implement Sex Education.” Washington, DC: Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Retrieved April 15th, 2014. ( Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States 2014. “Sexuality Education Q & A.” Washington, DC: SIECUS DC Office. Retrieved April 15th, 2014. ( Stanger-Hall, Kathrin F., David Hall. (2011). “Abstinence-Only Education and Teen Pregnancy Rates: Why We Need Comprehensive Sex Education in the U.S.” PLoS ONE 6(10) Starkman, Naomi J.D., and Nicole Rajani. 2002. “Commentary: The Case for Comprehensive Sex Education.” Aids Patient Care and STDs 16
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