Rachel Levine , is historic. If confirmed by the Senate, Dr. Of those states that do, policies vary widely regarding what critical information should be included. Incredibly, only 17 states require that the program content be medically accurate. Only 20 require providing information on contraception. Our children deserve better.
Study Finds that Comprehensive Sex Education Reduces Teen Pregnancy
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Schools have made little progress in recent years in teaching students about preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, according to one measure of the teaching of these subjects detailed in a new government report. Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looked at the percentage of middle schools and high schools in a state that teach specific topics related to HIV, STDs and pregnancy prevention in a course that students are required to take. The findings show that 11 states saw drops between and in the percentage of public schools teaching the recommended topics in a course required for middle school 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. No states saw an increase the percentage of public schools teaching the topics to middle-schoolers. Among high schools, one state had a drop in the percentage of schools teaching the topics recommended for students in grades 9 through 12, while two states saw increases in the percentage over the two-year period. When the researchers looked specifically at teaching high-school students about topics related to using condoms, eight states saw drops in the percentage of schools teaching the recommended topics, while three states had increases.
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PDF Version pdf icon 1. Sex education in schools and other places, as well as received from parents, provides adolescents with information to make informed choices about sex at a crucial period of their development. Using data from the National Survey of Family Growth NSFG , this report examines the percentage of male and female teenagers years who received sex education. Teenagers were asked if they received formal instruction on four topics of sex education at school, church, a community center, or some other place before they were 18 years old and the grade they were in when this first occurred. Keywords: sex education, talk to parents, say no to sex, methods of birth control.
There is little doubt that the present level of interest in initiating sex education programs in the schools stems from the effort to reduce the teenage pregnancy rate. While one can hardly challenge the respectability of the goal to reduce teenage pregnancy, the writers take the view that the focus on reducing teenage pregnancy may be counter-productive to the establishment of effective sex education programs in school for the following reasons. It promotes a narrow and incorrect understanding of human sexuality and sex education. It creates misunderstanding of what constitutes a comprehensive sex education program.