Teaching about Sex leads to Sex
by ichar1 on November 4, 2013 - 11:38pm
In the article Kathrin Stanger-Hall and David Hall (2011) mentions that the US is ranked first among nations not only for teenage pregnancy rates but also sexually transmitted diseases. Many believe that sexual education programs cause these rates to increase. Thus starting a public controversy based on what should be learned in schools. The article states that the US government had invested in abstinence-only sexual education programs for over a decade. In this article the method of data collection was a poll collection. The data was based on 48 states in the United States. Results showed that the rate of teen pregnancy was highest in states that only stressed abstinence only education. In fact states that just covered the context of abstinence had the lowest pregnancy rates amongst all the 48 states. Although the research shows that abstinence and sex Ed has a connection to teen pregnancy, Stanger-Hall and Hall states several factors besides abstinence education are correlated with teen pregnancy rates.
I believe that sexual education should be taught in classes. It’s not right to close all kids off from learning. Each individual probably will have sex at some point in life. What do you expect to happen if they no ABSOLUTELY nothing about it. They won’t know about STIs they can contract from it, and they won’t know the dangers of it. They won’t know how to use things like a condom or birth control to avoid pregnancies and that is why I think that states that only stress abstinence only education have a higher pregnancy rate. Teens will always be curious about sex and someday they will want to discover it for themselves. They should at least be prepared and know what to do and what precautions to take. Teens/kids will learn about the topic one way or another. Whether it’s taught in school or seen on television or simply done by “experimenting”. It cannot be stopped. Even if they aren’t taught about it you can’t prevent them from learning about it. This article proves that abstinence only education doesn’t help stop the increase of teenagers having sex or getting pregnant, so I believe abstinence should just be covered in a general sexual education class but a school year shouldn’t be wasted to only speak about abstinence.
Stanger-Hall, K. F., and D. W. Hall.(2011)
PLoS ONE. 2011, Vol. 6 Issue 10, p1-11. 11p.