Sex Education Essay

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Addresses such issues as physical development, promotion of sexual health, prevention of disease, affection, interpersonal relationships, body image, and gender roles. Spans the school-age years (grades 5-12 and secondary special education). Embraces an abstinence-based approach, as well as information related to the prevention of pregnancy, HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. Rests on a foundation of positive and healthy sexuality across the life span. Focuses on the needs of public schools and diverse communities. Ensures discussion about the wide spectrum of beliefs on sensitive issues. Values family involvement. Sex education refers to formal programs of instruction on a wide range of issues relating to human sexuality, including human sexual anatomy, sexual reproduction, sexual intercourse, reproductive health, emotional relations, reproductive rights and responsibilities, abstinence, contraception, and other aspects of human sexual behavior. Common avenues for sex education are parents or caregivers, school programs, and public health campaigns. Only two forms of sex education are taught in American schools: "abstinence plus" and abstinence-only. Comprehensive or "abstinence plus" sex education covers abstinence as a positive choice, but also teaches about contraception and avoidance of STIs when sexually active. A 2002 study conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 58% of secondary school principals describe their sex education curriculum as "abstinence plus".[ Planned Parenthood is pushing to make comprehensive sex education mandatory in Massachusetts. Brian Camenker of the pro-family group MassResistance says Massachusetts public schools already provide students with radical comprehensive sex education; however, state law is vague in its enforcement, so many schools choose not to teach it because of its

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