Public Schools and Sex Education
It has become apparent that there is a dire exigency for sex education among young teenagers and adolescents in public schools. Based on statistics from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, birth rate for fifteen to nineteen year olds was at thirty one point three per one thousand population.(1) From two thousand six to two thousand nine, undiagnosed HIV, one in five cases didn’t know they were infected, were thought to be highest among young people ages fifteen to twenty four.(2) Four of every ten new HIV infections occur in people younger than 30(1). Accordingly in two thousand and twelve, sixty percent of sexually active high school students said they used a condom the last time they had sex.(3) The preceding facts were complimentary as to the effects from school based sex education on sexual activity, teenage pregnancy, and contraception. Schools can be a profound target opportunity to reduce teenage and adolescent sexual activity. With the right education, we can educate individuals to make better decisions, and knowledge is power. Margaret Johnson, a forty two year old English teacher in Alabama agrees that there is an opportunity to touch the lives of young adults by teaching sex education. A thirty two country study found women with a primary education five times more likely than illiterate women to know facts about HIV/AIDS. Illiterate women also were four times more likely to believe that there is no way to prevent HIV.(4) Obama removed funding for the ineffective abstinence-only programs and created funding for programs which have proven effective in the proposed budget for FY10. Results include a forty percent increase for young people ages fifteen to nineteen that experienced a delayed sexual initiation. Many media sources such as TV episodes like Teen Mom or Sixteen and Pregnant, have done a great job opening the eyes of everyone in our society, but have failed to necessarily review the critical parts of...
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