Government Funding For Sex Education Essay

881 Words Dec 8th, 2016 4 Pages
Government funding for sex education should be directed towards comprehensive sex education rather than abstinence and fear based sex education. As part of the Welfare Reform Act of 1996, Congress passed a federal program that allocates a total of fifty million dollars per fiscal year to states that teach abstinence-until-marriage to school-age children (Mary E. Williams). A segment of the welfare reform act is the Title V Abstinence Education Program, which provides eight conditions that must be met in order to receive full funding for the programs. Though funding streams for abstinence-only-until-marriage programs have been closed off during the Obama Administration, the Title V Abstinence Education Program continues to thrive despite evidence showing abstinence programs to be equally as effective as no sex education courses at all. This lack of success can be linked to the absence of critical information on topics that are covered in comprehensive sex education including sexuality, human development, relationships, decision-making, and disease prevention (Kohler). The sex education I received consisted of the Puberty Talk in fifth grade, a couple lessons every year in middle school on STDs and STIs (which have recently been reduced to just the first year), and a vague lesson in our sophomore health elective. This follows exactly what Debra Haffner, president of the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS), describes as the…

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