Sex Talk Part 2: Sex “Education” in the U.S.
We now know that our judgment can be impaired by heated moments. So what exactly are we doing with this information? Absolutely nothing.
Here in the United States there is a tendency to provide “abstinence only” educational programs. In these programs, students are not being given the facts concerning the capabilities of contraceptives to prevent both unwanted pregnancy and STDs. The reasoning behind this strategy is that providing facts about birth control devices and drugs will encourage sexual activity. Studies show that a comprehensive sex education program that includes the encouragement of abstinence, promotion of appropriate condom use, and involves the teaching of sexual communication skills, is most effective. (Just Google abstinence only and you can find many of these studies) Yet, the government still insists on feeding our youth this useless “abstinence only” bogusness. Empirical evidence also demonstrates that no “abstinence only” program has been shown to help teens delay the initiation of sex or to protect themselves when they do have sex. I guess a person would be a little embarrassed if they broke a pledge they publicly took to remain abstinent. Maybe too embarrassed to even confide in a doctor and seek medical attention.
To sum up, abstinence programs suck. They are failing our youth by not preparing them for reality.
Obviously something needs to be done. And it’s not telling teens to just say no to sex. That only works with drugs. 😀
Yes, abstinence is 100% guaranteed to keep a teen safe. However, if teens really want to have sex then they are going to have sex and the best thing for schools and parents (you more then the schools) to do is educate them to keep them safe.
Sex is part of the real world. Shouldn’t teens be ready to handle the real world?