Sex Education in Schools
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This paper argues in favor of holistic sex education programs in public schools as opposed to the current trend which promotes abstinence as the only option. The problems of existing curricula are pointed out, such as the failure to educate young people about avoiding pregnancy or STD's. Additionally, the paper further contends that religious views about sex should be left out of the classroom and replaced with comprehensive medically accurate sexual education. The paper concludes that the best program would describe abstinence as the only guaranteed way to prevent pregnancy and STD's, yet also equips students with the much-needed knowledge, appreciation and understanding of contraception.
From the Paper:"Scientific studies point that adolescents benefit greatly from comprehensive medically accurate sexual education. Demonstrated positive effects of such programs include increased awareness, delay in onset of sex, reduction in frequency of sex and increased use of contraception. One study conducted from 2005 to 2006 surveyed 1,209 teens who completed abstinence-only programs in rural and urban areas and 848 teens in the same communities who had not. It turns out there the two groups' behavior was practically identical as far as sexual behavior is concerned."
Sample of Sources Used:
- The Associated Press (2008). Doctors denounce abstinence-only education.
- Collins, Chris, et al. (2002). Abstinence-only vs. comprehensive sex education. AIDS Policy Research Center & Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, AIDS Research Institute, University of California.
- Friedman, Ann. (2008). Let's talk about sex.
- Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. (2007). Impacts of Four Title V, Section 510 Abstinence Education Programs. (A study conducted by the Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. for the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services)
- Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California (no year). The dangers of abstinence-only sex education.
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