The Effects Of Sex Education On Schools

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Nearly one million teen girls become pregnant each year, with four out of 10 young women becoming pregnant at least once before they turn 20. The federal government spends about $40 billion to help families that began with a teenage birth. The overall U.S. teenage pregnancy rate declined 19 percent between 1991 and 1997 , from 117 pregnancies per 1,000 women aged 15-19 to 94.3 per 1,000.3 The national teen birth rate declined 5 percent between 1998 and 2000, reaching a rate of 48.5 births per 1,000 women ages 15-19 - the lowest rate ever recorded. Since 20011, the teen birth rate has declined 22 percent. These numbers, though declining, show that we are in dire need of a change. Providing Sex Education in schools provides the necessary tools to decrease these numbers and change the thoughts and actions of children who act impulsively with little or no knowledge of the consequences of their actions.
In the 1940’s, The Public Health Service strongly supported Sex Education in public school, calling it “an urgent need”. During the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, groups such as the Christian Crusade and the Eagle Forman launched campaigns to have Sex Education banned in schools. For many years school districts were hesitant to take part in these programs due to the controversy it stirred up with parents and political leaders. By the late 80’s, with the increase in STD’s, teen pregnancy and the HIV/AIDS epidemic, many groups began to call for the implementation of these
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