Pros And Cons Of Sex Education

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Texas is reputable for implementing abstinence only sex education. About 60% of public schools only teach this curriculum (Howell). This leaves thousands of students of various ages with an altered view of sex and insufficient information on safe sex practice and contraception. This program has also proved itself ineffective because Texas ranks fifth highest nationally in teen birth rates with 41 births per 1,000 women (Howell). 4 out of 5 adolescent pregnancies are unintended” (Gelfond, 597).Abstinence only programs have failed because they do not prevent or even educate students about safe sex practices, contraception, and Texas still remains in the forerunner for highest rates of STDs and teen pregnancy. Teen pregnancy rate is at an all-time high because of the lack of proper sex education. Southern states, like Texas, teach sex education in a traditional manner that does not work. In the curriculum students are taught about sex on the principle of if you have sex, you die. In 1982, the Texas government introduced the Adolescence Family Act which lead to funding for abstinence-only and abstinence-only-until-marriage programs (hereafter, collectively called abstinence-only) in 1996 (Howell, 2). According to Advocates for Youth, “This grew exponentially with the enactment of welfare reform (P.L. 104-193).” The law contained a mandate of $50 million per year to fund abstinence-only programs. In fact, the law amended the Maternal and Child Health Block Grant legislation
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