Sex Education versus Abstinence

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Students in the United States should be required to take sex education classes that promote abstinence instead of safe sex. Why is sex education prominent than abstinence? Focusing on abstinence will lead to a better outcome in life, while sex education has major disadvantages. Abstinence is the way to go, because the best safe sex is no sex. According to the Macmillan Dictionary, sex education is a system of medical and pedagogical measures for inculcating in parents, children, adolescents and young adults correct attitudes towards sex. In Mississippi one of the requirements for graduation is taking a Health class, which teaches students about the dangers of having sex. Sex education classes are suppose to teach us how to have a safe…show more content…
By making a commitment with ourselves in choosing to practice abstinence many adolescents have little to no chance of becoming parents at an early age. The National Abstinence Education Association released a new survey from Zogby International showing that when parents become aware of what abstinence education versus comprehensive sex education actually teaches support of abstinence programs jumps from forty percent to sixty percent, while support for comprehensive programs drops from fifty percent to thirty percent (Zogby Survey). The lack of teaching parents about what will be taught in the class is another reason why parents promote sex education. Seventy-eight percent of parents think sex education classes in public schools should place more emphasis on promoting abstinence (Zogby Survey). The teaching of abstinence to students can cause them to change their mind about having sex. Yes there are ways to have safe sex, but condoms do not always prevent adolescence form contracting Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Over the past several decades multiple sexual education programs have been introduce into the nation’s school systems, but they do not appear to be working consistently (Quincy). Since my ninth grade year of high school each and every year more and more girls were turning up pregnant. Some of them are even pregnant with their second child; it is not because they are careless but because of lack of
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