Sex Education Essay

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Outline I. Introduction - Background on STD rates and Teenage Pregnancy - Thesis: Although home based sex education is essential for kids that can receive it, comprehensive sex education in school serves to compliment those teachings by helping teenagers make more accurate and safe decisions for their future. II. Body - History on Sex Education - At home education - Parental Support on some sort of sex education - Federal Funds - Abstinence-only education and its cons - Comprehensive sex education programs and its effectiveness - My personal experience - Position III. Conclusion IV. Works Cited Sex education has been a dilemma in the United States since the late nineteenth century. In the present, some controversies involve questions as to who should give this type of education to children (parents or high schools), what education should be provided (abstinence-only or comprehensive), and how effective will the education chosen be in reducing teenage pregnancies and STDs. Nowadays, the US has the highest rate in teenage pregnancies among developed countries, 93 teenagers out of a 1000 get pregnant per year (www.wikipedia.org/ wiki/sex_education). Also, by the late 1990’s, the World Health Organization, an agency of the United Nations that acts as a coordinating authority on international public health, estimated that more than 1 million people were being infected daily with sexually transmitted diseases. Of the 1 million, about 60% were young people less than 25 years old and 30% of this age group was less than 20 years old. Also, among the ages of 14 and 19, sexually transmitted diseases appeared more frequently in girls than in boys by a ratio of 2:1 (www.wikipedia.org /wiki/WHO). In contrast to the US’ extremely high rates, countries such as the Netherlands and Belgium have the lowest teenage pregnancy rates among developed countries (8.1

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