Essay about Sex Education Programs On Public Schools

947 Words Aug 20th, 2015 4 Pages
Sex Education Programs in Public Schools Sex education is a very important topic for all students to experience in grades 5-12. Public schools are focusing more on Abstinence-only programs. The Abstinence- only programs are more popular because the government provides funding to public schools for this program. The Abstinence-only program’s main focus is to convince students not to engage in sexual activity until married. However, public schools should focus more on Sexuality/Sex education than on the Abstinence-only program.
First of all the Abstinence-only program is not effective. A 2015 study show, young people ages 13-24 makeup 24 percent of new cases of HIV. Abstinence-only program is a program that teaches abstinence from sexual activity outside of marriage. This is the expected standard for all school-age children. It teaches students the importance of abstaining from sexual activity until he or she is married. It encourages students to sign virginity pledges vowing to not have sexual relations until married. This program is supposed to help students to develop a strong sense of self and to avoid negative consequences that may result for sexual activity.
Second, the Abstinence-only program does not teach students the importance of contraception, sexually transmitted diseases, or safe sex. Students need to be taught what to expect when engaging in sexual activity and its consequences. At same time, it is advisable that programs teach all age appropriate material…

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