Sex Education in the Denmark School System
Looks at the positive example of sex education in the Denmark school system as compared to the U.S.
# 119865 | 2,330 words | 19 sources | APA | 2010 |
Published on May 26, 2010 in Education (Curriculum) , Education (Social Issues) , Medical and Health (Public Health Issues) , Hot Topics (Birth Control)
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This paper explains that, with different religious, moral and social beliefs, Denmark and the U.S. have taken different stances on how to educate and empower their youth on making responsible and mature decisions regarding their sexuality. The paper compares the Danish system, which is mandated by the Ministry of Education, to the problem of sex education in the U.S. where the individual school districts are permitted to set up their own widely-varied programs themselves. The paper demonstrates that good quality programs, such as the Danish system, help delay first intercourse and protect sexually active youth from sexually transmitted diseases and from pregnancy.
From the Paper:"Teachers follow official guidelines. Danish students are shown films that most U.S. educators would consider graphic although the importance of safe sex is also stressed. For senior classes, students are taught about contraception, AIDS, and homosexuality. At age fourteen, the students visit family planning clinics and have guest speakers from homosexual groups. Mr. Janniche feels that "Without a full awareness of such aspects sex education would be gravely incomplete." Parents who do not wish to have their children participate in this part of the program may excuse them from these lessons; however, the parents may not excuse their children from the biological portion of sex education."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Follett, C. (1994). Obligatory but down to earth. The Times Educational Supplement 12.
- Friedman, J. (1992). Cross-cultural perspectives on sexuality education. SIECUS Report. 5-14.
- Kjoller, S., Hansen, B., & Segest, E. (1989). Free condoms in the schools of Copenhagen, Denmark. Journal of School Health, 59 (2), 66-68.
- Portner, J. (1998, May 20). U.S teenage birth rate tops industrial nations. [Online]. Education Week. <www.edweek.org/ew/1998/36birth.h17> [2000, July 24].
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