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.

<http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0024658>.

Comments

I wrote a similar thesis paper in high school so I decided to look at this article to see if anything has changed. I’m happy that the government tested the effectiveness of abstinence only education, and I’m happy the results were negative. As I assumed before, you can’t just tell kids “no.” Its important for them to know why they should wait; if they choose not to wait, they should no how to protect themselves. I remember hearing about an argument that Teen Mom and 16 and Pregnant have a bad influence on teens because apparently girls are trying to get pregnant just to be on these shows. I disagree with that statement but there is always research that could tell us if it is right or wrong. I think you should carry on with this topic by seeing what effects sex education classes has on kids, and what shows like Teen Mom and 16 and Pregnant are actually teaching kids. Do they want to get pregnant to be famous, or are they going to try and prevent pregnancy because of what these shows are teaching them?

I agree you cant just tell kids no it doesnt work. When they hear no they ask "why?" But I will try to carry on with the topic by including teen mom and 16 and pregnant.

This post included information from the article that is pertinent to readers of your blog. When you expressed your opinion of the article, you did a great job explaining why you felt that way. I believe that sex education is always going to be an issue for people. Some parents would rather it be taught in schools than have to talk to their kids about it themselves. Other parents want to try to protect their children from learning about this too early on in their life and feel that it should not be taught in classes. I agree with you that this is a part of life that everyone experiences. Looking back, I do not even remember what information was taught to me about sexual education back in elementary school. I do not recall any information about sexually transmitted infections though I am sure the topic was covered. Reading your post reminded me of a day in sixth grade when my best friend called me to tell me her boyfriend and herself had sex. I just remember asking her, “How did you even know what you were doing”? It is amazing to me that children these days are having sex at a younger age. I think that sex education is important and that a variety of options should be covered such as abstinence, STD’s, pregnancy, rape, condoms, etc. I do not think that all kids will grasp the idea of what is being taught and that some children have to learn the hard way before they realize the consequences of their actions. Overall, I think you picked a good topic that everyone can relate to and that is widespread across communities in the United States. I think that either way, if the youth of our nation wants to have sex, that they will do it regardless if they have the knowledge about how to stay safe or not.

This post included information from the article that is pertinent to readers of your blog. When you expressed your opinion of the article, you did a great job explaining why you felt that way. I believe that sex education is always going to be an issue for people. Some parents would rather it be taught in schools than have to talk to their kids about it themselves. Other parents want to try to protect their children from learning about this too early on in their life and feel that it should not be taught in classes. I agree with you that this is a part of life that everyone experiences. Looking back, I do not even remember what information was taught to me about sexual education back in elementary school. I do not recall any information about sexually transmitted infections though I am sure the topic was covered. Reading your post reminded me of a day in sixth grade when my best friend called me to tell me her boyfriend and herself had sex. I just remember asking her, “How did you even know what you were doing”? It is amazing to me that children these days are having sex at a younger age. I think that sex education is important and that a variety of options should be covered such as abstinence, STD’s, pregnancy, rape, condoms, etc. I do not think that all kids will grasp the idea of what is being taught and that some children have to learn the hard way before they realize the consequences of their actions. Overall, I think you picked a good topic that everyone can relate to and that is widespread across communities in the United States. I think that either way, if the youth of our nation wants to have sex, that they will do it regardless if they have the knowledge about how to stay safe or not.

I agree with your position completely. I think it is ridiculous for schools to only teach abstinence. When you hide things such as sex from teens they are only going to want to know about it or engage in it more. If they are not taught properly they are more likely to seek their own teachings which may or may not involve myths and false facts. If parents aren’t comfortable having a talk with their kid/kids then they should be accepting to the school providing the information. I would say most parents want what is best for their children, and although what is best for each individual varies I hope that most people want to be healthy. Learning about sex education involves how to prevent STI’s which ultimately concerns your health. Why wouldn’t a parent want their child to be aware of the consequences to unsafe sex? In my opinion people need to be more open minded as to what is being taught in terms of sex education. I believe it is important that if teens feel they are ready for sex they are safely ready. Birth control, condoms and so forth are matters that need to be brought up to teens in general, but especially those who are sexually active. In my own personal experience, my high school made it mandatory for all students to take a required health class. The class taught me a lot about abstinence, safe sex, pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases and ways to prevent and handle all the situations. I am lucky to be very close to my mom who also provided me with knowledge about the topics. Not all teenagers are as lucky to have a close relationship with their parents who may not be willing to sit down with them to talk about sex. I think it is extremely important for teens to be aware of all the matters of sex including consequences, emotionally and physically. By only teaching abstinence, or eliminating sex education completely from schools there will most definitely be an increase in sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancies which will end up creating a cycle of these issues. From a student perspective, I definitely found the school sex education beneficial. If I weren’t to have had that class I would have many misconceptions. I also feel strongly about this topic, because if I were a mom I would definitely sit my kid/kids down to talk to them about the topic, but I would also want their schools to be informing them on the subject as well.

I completely agree with you! I believe it is important for kids to learn about sex, the consequences to sex, and the precautions you can take to sex. Teaching kids these things will give them accurate information and will reduce the rumors and myths about sex that young kids might think of. Stressing abstinence on a kid too much will make them want to rebel and go against adults and experience sex just for the fun of it. I think adults (schools, teachers, and parents) need to learn how to think like kids so they know how to approach situations like this. Overall, your article was interesting to read and I enjoyed it!

I completely agree with your opinion regarding this issue. Teen pregnancy is a serious issue in the United States. Although abstinence is a very important practice that schools teach and preach, sex education should be provided along with abstinence lectures. If teens don’t want to stay abstinent, that it their choice. Information should be provided to whoever wants to become sexually active and it should not be a problem. If kids are not educated about sex, teen pregnancy may increase. Teens will not know safe practices and other details regarding sex and their naivety may result in a pregnancy due to their lack of sexual knowledge.
As for learning about sex and, particularly, pregnancies on television like you said, I think that this is a major part of the subculture of teenagers. Shows on MTV like Teen Mom and 16 and Pregnant are, in my opinion, awful and pointless shows to have on television. Many people I know agree with me when I say that those shows make it seem like its okay to get pregnant while you’re still in your teens years. However, the good thing about these types of shows is that it shows the struggle of being a teenage mother.

In my school, we have three years of health class. It's mandatory for students to take it in 7th, 8th, and either 11th or 12th grade. I believe that without the knowledge that these classes offer us, there would be so many more teen pregnancies and higher rates of diseases in young people. I really liked you article, I even went and read it myself. Personally, I have been in some form of sexual education since I was in kindergarten. My church builds sexuality and learning about your sexuality into the church school curriculum. Learning things gradually and learning about my sexuality and not just the facts has given me a better perspective on the topic and it has definitely helped me stay safe since I have not gotten pregnant or have a sexually transmitted disease. I think sex ed should be taught in all schools in the U.S because it does have a positive effect on the students.

I think it is always better to be informed. This way, the teenagers are in a better position to choose and protect themselves. The sexual education is helpful to everybody especially when they are young. In North America, sexuality is taboo and it rarely addressed in family. So if the family does not do this type of education, the state should to decrease teen pregnancy rates and sexually transmitted diseases. Those educational program should be mandatory in high school. I really like your summary, the subject is relevant and well explained.

I agree with the statements you wrote in your post. I feel that if they do teach kids more about sexual education and the type of effects it can have on your body and your life overall, especially now that there in high school and soon heading off into the real world where there won't be anybody to teach them the truth about sex. Its best too teach them now so that when they do come into the real world they'll be more and properly informed. I know that when i was in high school i honestly didn't know that much about sex and the effects that you can get from having sex. But i'm now grateful for my sex education class i had in high school because now as a college student i'm more informed and also more aware about things of that nature.

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