Sexual Education Should Be Taught

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Sexual education has been prominent in the United States for many decades. It has been the backbone of teaching adolescents what comes from sex and what does not it dispels certain beliefs such as not being able to get pregnant for the first time. There are many views on whether or not sexual education should be taught in school. Some of those include that they are too young to know about such things and others conclude that anytime will be the appropriate time to teach children about safe sex. A large number of research has been done regarding the two different programs that are implemented in the United States, the AOUM, abstinence-only-until-marriage, and the EBIs, “evidence-based” interventions. I believe that evidence-based programs,…show more content…
Since AOUM programs preach that condoms and contraceptives are morally wrong, they convey the wrong idea because they want the children to abstain from sexual activities hoping to prevent the spread of STI’s and teenage pregnancy. These programs also claim that that their curricula have done its job in providing accurate information about “sexual intercourse,increasing condom use, or promoting secondary abstinence” (Shalet 2014), however this is not true. People against safe sex education are worried that comprehensive sex-ed will also promote children to go out and learn more about these sexual activities. The purpose of sexual education is to educate kids on the topic of sex. These programs are there to help teach adolescents about the outcomes from sex and what could happen if they are not safe. Children are suppose to learn the the scientific facts about the use of condoms and contraceptives, what are the causes of STIs and what happens, as well as what could be a result of unsafe sex such as teenage pregnancy. They should not be fed lies like the AOUMs provide. Advocates for Youth, a well known organization for promoting youth rights, provided information that over 80 percent of AOUM programs present lies and false information. They are distorting “information about the effectiveness of
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