Essay about How Abstinence Only Sex Education

1458 Words Dec 8th, 2015 6 Pages
Schools all over the United States teach teens about human anatomy, sexual reproduction, abstinence, and some comprehensive methods to avoid unwanted teen pregnancies. Even though most parents agree with schools teaching their children about the consequences of sex, “public discussion indicates that there is little agreement about what forms of sex education should be taught in schools” (Kendall). Many studies bring attention to the fact that while most schools throughout the country teach abstinence-only lessons when it comes to sex education, these lessons do not have much impact on their decisions to have sexual intercourse before marriage. This also means that it does not lower the number of sexually transmitted diseases or infections that are being transmitted among teens. Furthermore, while these programs may be teaching adolescents some of what they need to know about having sex, the people teaching these lessons also try to convince them that abstinence is the only way to avoid STD’s and STI’s in an attempt to make teens abstain from sex completely.
In my paper I will explain how abstinence-only sex education is not effective in stopping teens from having sex and how sex education can be improved in schools by going more in depth about STD’s and the reality of unwanted teen pregnancies. Support for sex education didn’t really seem to become relevant until the 1900’s. Throughout the 80’s and 90’s local abstinence-only organizations were rather successful in getting…

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