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Sex Education In Public Schools [Sep. 8th, 2008|11:16 am]
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I applied to a community, and in the application it asked that I pick a few of the topics and explain my opinion on them. One of the topics listed was regarding Sex Education in Public Schools, and I had more to say about it than I posted there - so I thought I'd carry it over here.


I am not sure if they have some kind of sexual education in health classes EVERYWHERE, but we had it here, and it's pretty heavily based around one idea - "Don't do it!" We'd be pressed more than anything to abstain, and we were educated more on STD's than on how to prevent them. Apparently a lot of places simply teach Abstinence-only, and apparently a lot of conservatives are all about that. What?! I understand that people don't want their teenagers to have sex for the same reasons they wouldn't want them to smoke, drink, or a number of other things. However!

Okay, yes abstinence is OBVIOUSLY 100% effective in avoiding things that only come from having sex. If something can only be transmitted sexually, not having sex will spare you any risks of getting that disease. But people tend to ignore the fact that teenagers will have sex. Okay, not all of them obviously, but there are teenagers who do, so if parents and teachers think that telling them not to will stop them, then that's just being naive. Yes, abstinence works for those who remain abstinent, but teaching ONLY abstinence leaves the teenagers who decide they will have sex as endangered as they possibly could be from their conduct. We need to teach teenagers about contraception. Tell them about proper condom use, birth control pills, simple common sense solutions that also happen to work, as this recent study demonstrates. (Those are two separate links, by the way.. hah)

"The United States seems to be following the recent patterns in other developed countries where increased availability and use of modern contraceptives and condoms have led to remarkable declines in teen pregnancy,” said lead author John Santelli. “If most of the progress in reducing teen pregnancy rates is due to improved contraceptive use, national policy needs to catch up with those realities."

So, we have this decline in teen pregnancies (thank goodness), and we have more access to more information on contraceptives to thank for it, not an abstinence only teaching system. But it seems that conservatives are hell bent on pressing their opinion that sex outside of a heterosexual marriage is wrong so doing something that would "aid" teenagers who are having sex is only going to help a sinner get out of any punishment. I guess if that's the case, then abstinence only education serves the purpose that it's intended for...

And then people will say that it's just not the school's place to tell students about these things, because then they could learn things that are against the beliefs of their parents, but isn't questioning opinions and not just going by what one person says part of what a good education should be anyway? And anyway, I don't see how telling teenagers about abstaining and contraceptives in school prevents their parents from teaching them about those things, so I don't really see any grounds to make an argument on the whole matter except that sex is icky and dirty and should only be with somebody you love enough to marry, and of course anyone who thinks otherwise should probably just have a disease or great hardship...

It's frustrating. If you know teenagers do it, wouldn't you rather them do it safely?
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[User Picture]From: jesuismeursault
2008-09-09 05:04 am (UTC)
well, creationism is the truth! obviously! haha.

the conservatives are being a bit ridiculous. it isn't like the schools are busting out pornos to show kids proper technique. knowledge is power man, we all know that from schoolhouse rocks. i'm not sure what the deal is with trying to hide things from kids. they aren't stupid. and once they found out you've lied, they will never trust you again, which is a great situation to be in if you want the kid to then trust you when you say that waiting on having sex is the best thing...
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