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Providing such critical health info to adolescents on the subject matter of sex has become a challenge. Increasing amounts of federal funding have required “abstinence-only” education, but this restricts the discussion of contraceptives and sexually transited disease prevention because of moral or religious controversy. Alongside the policies of the U.S., they have mand... ... middle of paper ... ...A Reality Check.” Education Digest 67.2 (2001).46.17 Jan 2011. Anderson, Deanna.” Pros and Cons of Sex Ed in Schools.”2002.Web.12 Jan 2011 Bruggink, Heidi.”Miseducation: The Lowdown on Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Programs.” Humanist 67.1 (2007):4.Web. 17 Jan 2011.
Another article that I chose was the Journal of Adolescent Health by K. A. Hacker, Y. Amare, N. Strunk, and L. Horst entitled “Listening to youth: teen perspectives on pregnancy prevention.” This article gives statistical evidence of a teen’s perspective on pregnancy prevention. This article gives us a very convincing detailed analysis of their survey including percentages of students who felt a particular wa... ... middle of paper ... ..., as I have discussed before – what is being taught to students is not the reality of the topic, but a non-controversial “G” rated version of the dangers of early sexual activity. I believe that neither of the two solutions will work without the other. Parents must speak to their children regardless of how awkward it may feel in addition to better and more informative education on the sexuality and its repercussions. Bibliography Dryfoos J.
Effective comprehensive sex education should contain information detailing sexual development and reproduction, methods of birth control, STDs and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), abortion, and the different religious and cultural views on sex and sexual diversity. With this information, young people are better equipped to make choices regarding their sexual behavior. The debate is not whether one agrees or disagrees with premarital sex. The debate is whether one is educated enough in helping reduce the spread of unwanted pregnancies and STDs by knowing how to correctly use contraception. The way of teaching sex education has been controversial for quite sometime.
Nineteen-fifty five marked the debut of sex education programs in schools in the United States. Along the years, many have argued whether or not sex education should be taught in schools. Many believe that the education of sex encourages students to engage in sexual activities which lead to a higher number of pregnancies and sexual transmitted diseases (STD’s). As the number of unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases climbs higher and higher every day in our country, one can only think that sexual education is a necessity in our school systems. Teens as young as fourteen years old have admitted to already engaging in sexual activities.
It is an unrealistic goal to believe that abstinence-only programs could stop premarital sex completely. According to a study published by Public Health reports, ninety-five percent of American men and women have had premarital sex (Finer 73). How do abst... ... middle of paper ... ...on is going to have premarital sex, so the most responsible solution is to at least teach them how to be safe when doing so. Not teaching students contraceptive uses can be extremely harmful. Works Cited Albert, B.
Safe sex education teaches teenagers facts about intercourse they need to know, acknowledges the potential consequences or risks of sexual behavior, and helps them make better decisions to protect themselves and their bodies. Background There are a few major differences between safe sex education and abstinence only. Abstinence only education is all about, “just saying no.” They teach to abstain from all sexual acts until marriage. Safe sex education takes a very different approach. It teaches all about sex, the consequences of sex, contraceptives, different STDs, ways to protect yourself from STDs, pregnancy, and other issues regarding teen bodies.
The result is about 1 million pregnancies each year among women ages 15 to 19.” (The Annie E. Casey Foundation) At the age 15-20 most teen males and females don’t have a stable job and are still going to school. There is much at risk when a male and female decide to have sexual intercourse. Having a sex education class would help decrease the teen pregnancy rate. Learning what one can do to prevent a teen pregnancy and the consequences that can lead up to it, will help reduce the amount of sexual activity among teens. Having a sex education class that is required will benefit the upcoming teens of the next generation.
It’s all perspective. Whether you’d like to admit it or not, teen pregnancy is becoming a problem. Some schools have optional sexual education classes taught to middle school children with parental consent. But sometimes teaching them about the consequences isn’t enough. Yes, it is good that they are being educated about STD’s and how easily one can get pregnant, but sometimes that isn’t enough.
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