Essay on Sex Education in Schools

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Sex Education in Schools

Sex education in schools now seems to be more and more of a controversial issue. People are arguing over what the curriculum should be in sex education, if it should be taught in schools or at home by parents and the main point of this paper if sex education is actually doing what it was set out to do. The idea behind this paper is to determine if sex education in schools really does keep down the amount of teens with STD’s or who become pregnant.

The definition of sex education according to SIECUS (2002) “Sexuality education is a lifelong process of acquiring information and forming attitudes, beliefs, and values. It encompasses sexual development, reproductive health, interpersonal relationships,
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So based on several different studies and articles sex education is helping, even if the rates waver at times the services that public schools are offering are helping.

From an article written by Dailard (2001) it was stated that in 1981 President Regan passed into law Adolescent Family Life Act which gave small sums of money to local government to use for sex education in schools, for them to promote “chastity and self- discipline”. Ever since that act was passed it has constantly been debated if sex education should teach abstinence or safe sex. In the early ninety’s almost $500 million went into teaching abstinence only. Despite what the government wanted teachers and other involved felt differently about what should be taught, they didn’t find it right to just teach abstinence. When a survey was conducted it was shown that most teachers taught abstinence as the primary choice but didn’t leave out the important basics of safe sex. What was taught was based on where in the country the program was, in the south abstinence was taught primarily as the only choice.

Teachers however were found to teach what they saw as more fit, which was abstinence was encouraged but safe sex was also taught and encouraged if the student didn’t choose abstinence.


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