Issues in Sex Education Term Paper by Nicky

A look at how sex education has failed in the US.
# 150301 | 2,038 words | 12 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Jan 30, 2012 in Education (Jr High/High School) , Gender and Sexuality (General)

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This paper examines sex education programs in American schools, pointing out their failures, particularly in the number of teen pregnancies. First, the paper shows that the basic premise of sex education is lacking, namely sexual behavior. Rather, programs focus on anatomy and physiology. Next, the paper cites the influence of the Christian Right on what is being taught, and not taught, in sex education. Then, the paper shows the importance of a public sex education curriculum that effectively reduces unplanned teenage pregnancy to a minimum. Additionally, the paper calls for a sex education program that sex education should includes discussions of the emotional consequences of inappropriate sexual choices. The paper concludes by stating that a comprehensive approach to sex education must present that information within the larger context of healthy concepts of sexuality and an understanding of the difference between appropriate and inappropriate sexual conduct, regardless of age.


The Failure of Traditional and Abstinence-Based Sex Education Programs
Designing a Better Sex Education Curriculum

From the Paper:

"The existing format of American sexual education is tremendously ineffective for several specific reasons. First, it is completely inconsistent and out of synch with the most basic reality that teenagers are sexually active. Any program that denies this reality and emphasizes abstinence is extremely unlikely to be taken seriously or to change the behavior of teenagers. Second, it fails to provide the type of information that is most beneficial to teenagers who choose to become sexually active despite the recommendations of adults to remain celibate. Third, because the only message of sex education programs is to avoid sexual activity, teenagers are even less inclined to solicit adult advice on the topic at all. Finally, because existing sex education curricula ignore the complex aspects of behavioral choices and their consequences, it fails to provide the type of information that experts suggest is the key to lowering teen pregnancy rates."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "Advocates for Youth - Sex Education." Advocates For Youth - Home. Web. 30 July 2009.
  • "Comprehensive Sex Education is More Effective at Stopping the Spread of HIV Infection." American Psychological Association. Web. 30 July 2009.
  • Editors. "Sex and Pregnancy Among Teens." The Guttmacher Institute. 2006. 8 July 2009.
  • Feldman, Noah. (2005). Divided by God: America's Church - State Problem and What We Should Do About It. New York: Farrar, Strauss & Giroux.
  • Forrest, Simon. "Sex Education that Works." 2009. 8 July 2009.

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