Research Response: Sex Ed In Public Schools

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In a 1986 article published in Family Values families in Ontario Canada were surveyed about their opinions on sex education in school as well as the subjects they felt it should cover, the article states the opinion that "sex education promotes promiscuity" (358). The opinion within this statement is false, the focus of sex education is to provide the necessary information about contraceptives in order to promote safer sex. The research shown in the article published by family values shows that " sex education does not increase pre-marital sex but may increase the more responsible use of contraception among young people who are sexually active" (358). Providing a more diverse method of sex education, inclusive of information on contraceptives, promotes the use of contraceptives and safe sex rather than promoting promiscuity. J. Sabia states in his article, Does sex education affect adolescent sexual behaviors and health, "Advocates of sex education argue that a teenager's decision to become sexually active is largely independent of school based sex education", while insisting that sex education is necessary to provide contraceptive information to teens so as to reduce the probability of unwanted pregnancy should they choose to engage in sexual intercourse (784). Ninety four percent of the districts involved in the study The Availability of Sex Education in Large City School Districts said that the main goal of their sex education programs were to " to promote rational and informed decision-making about sexuality." while the second most chosen goal was " to increase a student's knowledge of reproduction"(21). Research shows that the premise of sex education in schools is to inform and educate the adolescents rather than to promote promiscuity. A sexually active adolescent who has been educated with adequate information about the use of contraceptives such as

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