ever comfortable discussing sex with their kids?
was a time in the not too-distant past when parents sat down
to a "birds and the bees" discussion as the ultimate
in explaining sex to curious children.
as now, parents felt uncomfortable participating in a straightforward
discussion on the topic when sex
education was first introduced in public schools in the
1950's. The result was a conservative outcry predicting a
collapse of social morals, and an increase in sexual activity
among teens if introduced to sex education at so early an
came the sexual revolution of the 1960's, when sex was used
to sell everything from cars to perfume, drenching young minds
with imagery that left them even more confused about what
sex meant in the real world. Two decades later, an AIDS
epidemic swept the world, sending up more alarms about how
much harm teens and youngsters might suffer from what they
didn't know about HIV, and other sexually
schools are considered the front line in teaching accurate
facts and information on sex to children and teens. At the
same time, it also offers them an opportunity to get answers
to questions they might not want to ask at home.
60 years since sex education was first introduced into classrooms,
more than 90% of all public high schools in the US offer a
curriculum on sex education in some form. As a result, sex education debates no longer center around if it should
be introduced in the classroom, but how it should be taught.
Just Say No?
the current media continues to focus on the antics of Paris
Lohan, and Britney
Spears, teens and tweens are exposed daily to images of
Hollywood stars and role models engaging in sexual promiscuity,
and pregnancy without marriage. This is the reason why some
proponents favor more focus on moral principles, celibacy
from sex altogether before marriage.
Sex education debates no longer center around if it should
introduced in the classroom,
it should be taught.
With the continued rise in numbers of teen
pregnancies in recent years, however, other experts stress
more blunt sex education as a practical deterrent, such as
stark comparisons between sex and parenthood in the real world
with that experienced by the rich-and-famous, who have access
to topnotch private medical care and who can easily afford
schools are pushing back - by trying to encourage more parents
to take part in the curriculum - or even by promoting age-appropriate
sex education for toddlers so that a conversation can
go beyond "the birds and the bees" once kids reach
future of sex education
stem the rise in teen pregnancies and sexually transmitted
diseases, even more debate rages today in connection to the
advocating of government and school-sponsored distribution
of condoms, the pill, and other forms of contraception or
birth control for sexually aware high schoolers.
funding increases for sex education and community programs
for teens, federal support is likely to encompass a comprehensive
approach aimed at fostering safe sex based on abstinence,
protection and prevention, along with encouraging increased
involvement by parents in their own child's sexual health
education - Wikipedia
- Extensive overview explaining the historical background,
controversies and current polices of public school sex education
in European countries, Africa, Asia and the US, with related
references and resources.
Schools and Sex Education - Information and statistics
on current issues regarding sex education in US public schools
with related references and resources.
About Sex with Teens - Comprehensive resources on
the topic including what to say to sons and daughters, teen
pregnancy, sex and drug abuse, how to understand and show
support for gay teens, plus expert tips and advice for specific
questions posed by parents, with related polls, statistics,
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