Comprehensive Sexual Education Persuasive Essay by ABCs

Comprehensive Sexual Education
This paper looks at the need for comprehensive sexual education in the United States.
# 113127 | 1,467 words | 7 sources | APA | 2009 | US

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In this article, the writer notes that sex education became a traditional part of the middle school and high school curriculum in the middle of the 20th century. The writer points out that in the last 50 years, social attitudes and American cultural beliefs about human sexuality have changed significantly but, for the most part, sexual education has not evolved simultaneously, except perhaps in the modernization of the actual materials and literature used to present the substantive information. The writer maintains that what is required is a more comprehensive approach that reflects the realities of all the fundamental issues that arise in connection with human sexuality and behavioral choices associated with it. The writer concludes that a comprehensive sexual education program could radically transform sexual education in American education from a meaningless exercise in student embarrassment and an ineffective presentation of certain useful reproductive health and medical information into a beneficial mechanism for changing specific illogical beliefs and cultural values that undermine human happiness.

The Insufficiencies of Traditional Sexual Education
Outlining Comprehensive Sexual Education
Teaching Sexual Ethics

From the Paper:

"By initiating Sex Ed in middle school, educators have the opportunity to address common cultural attitudes and beliefs about sexuality in principle, thereby providing alternatives to various elements of typical approaches to sexual gratification including objective ethical values, sexism, bigotry, homophobia, safer sex practices, and unplanned pregnancy. Comprehensive Sex Ed would likely require no additional funds or resources except to the extent it requires changing the way educators are trained and replacing old literature with updated teaching texts. The non-printed materials already used in connection with traditional Sex Ed programs is still sufficient for that portion of a comprehensive educational program appropriately devoted to human anatomy and biological reproduction."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Angier, Natalie. Birds Do It. Bees Do It. People Seek The Keys to It; The New York Times (Apr. 10/07)
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  • Branden, Nathaniel (1999) The Psychology of Romantic Love. New York: Bantam.
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  • Henslin, J.M. (2002) Essential of Sociology: A Down-to-Earth Approach. Boston: Allyn and Bacon

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