Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Sunday, January 12, 2014
The other side of comprehensive sex education in school believes that it is the family’s job to teach children about the norms and practices of safe sex and how to prevent STIs. According to the Asking about Sex and Growing up by Joanna Cole a child's interpretation of things is better when the child's parent or guardian is explaining the concept to them.
Thursday, January 2, 2014
So I was reading a story on Sexetc.org the other day about a girl who asked her teacher what an orgasm is. This girl was 9wonder old. I started thinking to myself if a 9 year old is wondering what a orgasm is why don't elementar schools offer sex education. I didn't get my first sex education class until i was in 8th grade and by that time I already knew what a condom was and what an STD was.
Teachers always say If you have a question there is probably someone else in the classroom that has the same question. So I wonder are a lot of elementary kids wondering what an orgasm is. Is it time to start telling them the birds and the bees earlier then 8th grade?
To read the story I referenced in here go to Sextect.org
According to the Asking about Sex and Growing up by Joanna Cole a child's interpretation of things is better when the child's parent or guardian is explaining the concept to them. This might be true but according to Catalyst.com, families that have two parents, about 57.5% of those families both parents are in the work force.
1912-The National Education association made a decision that there should be training programs for teachers for sex education, because the teen pregnancy rates were rising (Pardini).
19040s Post WWII -During this time the Public Health service was strongly recommending that schools had sex education classes (Pardini)
1953- The American Medical Association launched a program in family life education.
HIV/AIDS epidemic in 1980s- The Surgeon General at the time published a report talking about what should be taught in schools when it comes to sex education.
If all of these things were taught in sex education we could prevent thousands of teen pregnancy. We could decrease our high STD( Sexual Transmitted Disease). There would be less government spending on teen mom programs and more money on other social issues.
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
According to the Guttmacher Institute, by age 19 about 70 percent of teens have had sex. But 41 percent of teens ages 18 to 19 say that they know little to nothing about condom use, and 75 percent say that they know little to nothing about hormonal birth control pills, according to a study conducted by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.
A program called Safer Choices taught in sex education, which cost $105,243, Safer Choices achieved a 15% increase in condom use and an 11% increase in contraceptive use within 1 year among 345 sexually active students. An estimated 0.12 cases of human immunodeficiency virus, 24.37 cases of chlamydia, 2.77 cases of gonorrhea, 5.86 cases of pelvic inflammatory disease, and 18.5 pregnancies were prevented. For every dollar invested in the program, $2.65 in total medical for teen moms (Result Filters)
In the case of comprehensive sex education in schools some people feel like the educational system isn’t meeting the needs of the children in the United States. There is connection between sex education in schools and teen pregnancy and STD. Researchers at the University of Washington found that teenagers who received some type of comprehensive sex education were 60 percent less likely to get pregnant or get someone else pregnant(Beadle)
The United States spends over a million dollars each year to fund programs for teen mom. They also give over 3 million dollars to states who only teach abstinence-only until marriage programs all together each year.
The states with the lowest teen pregnancy rates receive more comprehensive sex education in there schools. They don't have a law that says they have to teach comprehensive sex education either though.
Price of having a child:
- First year-$38,000-66,000
- From birth to 18- $146,000-300,000
- Box of 12 condoms $14
- Box of 36 condoms $ 26
- One year of birth control pills-$180-600
- One year of Ortho Eva (the patch)-$180-960
- One year of Depo-Prevera(the shot)-$140-630
In the June of summer 2010, a girl named Emily decides she is ready to be sexually active with her boyfriend. Emily was only 16 at the time she first had sex with her boyfriend, he didn't use a condom. She thought “There is no way I could get pregnant my first time”. After not getting pregnant the first time Emily continued to have unprotected sex, in the beginning of September 2010 Emily started to feel sick and gain weight and she didn't know why. She thought “could it really be could I really be pregnant”? Sure enough Emily was already 6 weeks pregnant (Teenwise..). There are stories like this all over the internet; some people would argue that situations like this could be prevented if comprehensive sex education was a requirement in public schools.