Teaching Morality More Important than Sex Education in Public Schools

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A controversy is rising in America about the nature of sex education in the nation's high schools. Studies show that 81 percent of American adults support a joint program teaching abstinence and contraception as opposed to an abstinence-only program (Roper 0316946), and 79 percent support contraception education regardless of the level of sexual activity in teenagers (Roper 0340807). The sad fact is, contraception is society's attempt at a "quick fix" for a problem that runs far deeper than the issue of teen sex. In the debate over the "best safe sex," educators and parents must consider not only the health issues, but must also reevaluate the morality of the nation's young people. Leafing through Planned Parenthood's literature on abortion, contraception, and teen sex, it becomes obvious that Planned Parenthood promotes contraception education, and opposes abstinence education: "These 'abstinence-until-marriage' programs are an unrealistic attempt to reduce the incidence of teenage pregnancy by using a 'just say no' approach" ("Reducing Teenage Pregnancy"). A good portion of American teenagers agree, illustrated by the fact that 77 percent of women and 85 percent of men will have sexual intercourse before the age of twenty ("Teen Sex and Pregnancy"). They are encouraged to use contraception. Interestingly, though, teenagers aren't given all the facts about contraception, as is illustrated by Josh McDowell and Bob Hostetler: Not too long ago, I attended a talk during "Safe Sex Week" at the school. The speaker opened with a statement that sent a rumble of discomfort through the crowd: "You've been brainwashed!" When the students settled down, he continued. "You've had an entire week of 'safe sex' indoctr... ... middle of paper ... ...ssroom." Time 18 Oct. 2013: n. pag. Online. Internet. URL (4 Nov. 2014). "Normandy Junior Preaches Abstinence, Has High Hopes." St. Louis Post-Dispatch. 11 Oct. 2011: North Post 5. Okite, Odhiambo. "Fidelity Urged to Fight AIDS." Christianity Today 12 July 2012: 22. "Reducing Teenage Pregnancy." Planned Parenthood.URL (21 Oct. 2014) Roper Center at University of Connecticut. Poll. Accession number 0316946. Question number 031. 10 May 2014. Roper Center at University of Connecticut. Poll. Accession number 0340807. Question number 087. 19 July 2014. Sommers, Christina Hoff. "Are We Living in a Moral Stone Age?" Imprimis Mar. 2010: 1-4. "Teen Sex and Pregnancy." Sept. 2013. The Alan Guttmacher Institute. URL (22 Nov. 2014). Zulu, Mabvuto. "Give Abstinence a Chance." Times of Zambia 10 Aug. 2013: n. pag.

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