Sex education needs to be comprehensive and educate students about all pieces of sex including contraception, sexually transmitted diseases, and pregnancy. What is surprising is anyone can earnestly share the belief that an effective means of preventing the consequences of sexual activity should be restricted to teaching about abstinence. It is without a doubt, teenagers are going to have sex whether or not parents tell them to. Even though abstinence is the best technique to prevent unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases, a proper sex education class is more ideal because abstinence programs are not as beneficial and conclusive to a teenager’s well-being. With the growing popularity of abstinence-only programs, one would think they are incredible classes,
In the essay “Condoms: The New Diploma” Rush Limbaugh explains to readers how the distributions of condoms and sex education programs are promoting sex more than preventing it. Limbaugh continues to explain that public schools should be going back to more of the traditional methods such as abstinence to help prevent STD’s and possibly early teen pregnancies. Overall, the argument being made by Limbaugh is sound. I agree with Limbaugh’s first sentence, “The logic and motivation behind this country’s mad dash to distribute free condoms in our public school is ridiculous and misguided.” This instantly reveals Limbaugh’s opposing stance towards the subject of condoms being distributed to young students in school. When schools pass items such as condoms around, kids can easily get the impression that it’s okay to use them.
Comprehensive sex education and abstinence-only is there and exists for students because they both want the best for students when making choices like when and how to have sexual intercourse. Over all, both include similar but different perspectives on the take of how sex education should really be addressed in classrooms. Sex education provides and teaches student that sex is a normal natural healthy part of life but should also be addressed the safety precautions one should consider when interested in exploring. Abstinence educations provides and teaches students that sex is a bad thing to act upon if not waited until marriage. Although sex education is a big heated controversial topic, the most intriguing convincing out of all would be the positive aspects that teenagers can learn about safe sex in schools.
That is because sexual education isn’t taught in schools – it’s left up to parents to teach their kids about the importance of abstinence and condoms. Most parents do, but, alas, most parents do not. There is no argument against the school system existing to prepare youths for adulthood. The inescapable reality is that sexuality is a part of adult life, and many may do it because they see their friends doing it (peer pressure), or they see it on TV or hear it in songs. It is a common belief that many people believe sexual education urges youths to experiment with their sexualities.
Even children’s programming has some sort of sexual innuendo in it. It sparks there curiosity and leads to them having sex at an earlier age. Why would you not want to educate them on safe sex and how to protect themselves against disease? While I do agree with Rush Limbaugh on the fact that the only way to prevent disease and unwanted pregnancy is to abstain from sex, but what happens when they do decide to have sex and have no idea how to use a condom? There will be diseases spread and unwanted pregnancies.
The article also suggested that teens also listened to the information better when it came from their parents rather than school, or other outside sources. Sex and Teens: Why Abstinence Isn’t Working from Oprah Magazine stated that a growing number of studies is proving that school abstinence programs have little impact on adolescent sexual behavior. Worse, new research suggests they could even be endangering kids by failing to
Comprehensive sex education is the traditional “sex talk” education. Abstinence only education is simply “Don’t do it until you are married.” Which of these forms of education are effective? Comprehensive sex education is taught in schools and focuses on abstinence is the only way to 100% prevent teen pregnancy as well as sexual transmitted disease. In addition to abstinence only education, comprehensive sex education provides education to students regarding how to protect oneself against pregnancy and disease should the choice be to have sex prior to marriage. The program is developmentally age appropriate and provides information and education on relationships, decision-making, assertiveness and skill building in order to resist social and peer pressure all depending on the child’s grade level.
Positive aspects of handing out condoms in school is that it limits the risk of unwanted teen pregnancies and the spread of STDs. Sexual education “including condom provision accepts the inevitability of adolescent sex and encourages students to make wise ‘safe’ decisions if they do have sex” (Reising 2). It is very expensive to address problems created by irresponsible sexual behaviors so it is a wise investment by the government to supply condoms for schools. Historically, women have suffered from “restrictive reproduction regulations” and providing condoms empowers women. Condoms would therefore be the most effective way to prevent pregnancies and the spread of diseases and it would be inexpensive for schools to provide.
Although teaching abstinence is taught to keep teenagers away from the reparations of engaging in sexual behaviors, it is not the most effective teaching method seeing the increased rate of STDs & HIV, an increased sexual influence in today’s society and the lack of education that teenagers have on sexual behaviors. Therefore, comprehensive sex education should be required in schools. Before there was a great deal of civilization, sexual education was seen from animals. In the early 1830’s ministers and reformers began to publish books and pamphlets that informed young