Attitudes Toward Sex Education Essay

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Sex is huge, sex is important; everyone cares and has something to say about sex. Sex sells. Sex is an immense part of life for almost everyone in the nation and the world, including youth. Teens hear about sex from their friends, from the shows they watch on television, from the music they listen to, and sometimes, once in a while, they hear about it as discussed by their parents and teachers in an educational context. In a Center For Disease Control (CDC) report from the year 2000, about 65% of 19 year-old teens were currently sexually active, with another 20% unsure if they would chose to be active or not in the near future, and only the remaining 15% choosing to be abstinent from sex at this age. Obviously the majority of…show more content…
Should schools teach that abstinence is the key, or should they go with a more open approach and simply offer advice on how to be safe in sexual practices? Should schools and doctors distribute information on birth control, and make condoms readily available to students? Should the topic of homosexuality be included in discussions about sex in schools today? These are all important questions where there is no directly right answer. However, one thing is undeniably true, that having sex as a teenager opens a greater chance for sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy, and perhaps the most prevalent issue, immense impact on a teen's psyche, as at this point in their lives they are not only still growing physically, but are still growing emotionally as well. This study will look into what methods are currently being undertaken in schools today to teach America's youth about sex, and how parents, school officials, and other adults feel about these methods. Primarily this study will use the GSS to examine the effects of gender, educational level attained, and personal history of sexual activity on attitudes towards sex education. Literature Review Sex education is defined by wikipedia as "education about sexual reproduction in human beings, sexual intercourse and other aspects of human sexual behavior." This
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