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Sex Education And Preteens
What Ed to Include?: According 2 a large survey by NPR, Harvard's Kennedy School of Government & the Kaiser Foundation conducted in 2003, 93% of Americans believe sex ed should B taught at school. But those 93% differ on whether kids should be taught abt making responsible decisions abt sex or just taught 2 abstain. They also differ on whether the ed should include info abt gay sexual orientation & gay sex. More ... ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Knowledge-based programs focus on teaching adolescents about their bodies and their normal functions, as well as provide detailed information about contraceptives and preventing STDs. Research indicates that abstinence-only education without information about contraception does not decrease teen pregnancy rates, but knowledge-based ...Read more
It can but not alway: Voters tend to have very strong personal feelings about where sex education occurs, at home and controlled by the parents vs at school where the topics are managed by a school board and individual teachers. Some people think sex education means teaching abstinence, for others it means teaching birth control and std prevention. All you can do is advocate your position and vote. ...Read more
Type of Sex Ed Info?: The results of a recent poll on sex ed in the USA conducted by NPR, the Kaiser Family Foundation, & the Kennedy School of Gov at Harvard, get us thinking abt *sources* of different kinds of sex ed info! Where kids learn "the basics/birds & bees" (at least in reference 2 heterosexual activity) may B different from where they learn about types of sex, sexual orientation, birth control, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Explanation vs none: Comprehensive sex education includes anatomy and physiology of sex. Also all about birth control for both sexes, risks of unprotected sex i.E pregnancy and stds & all about a pregnancy plus pre & post natal care as well as needs and responsibilities of having a child. Abstinence only sex education just tells you "no sex before marriage" & sex before marriage is sinful, wrong & possibly dangerous. ...Read more
Personally before HS: I feel personally sexual education is being taught in school much too early. I feel sex ed should be taught prior to the time when most youngsters would engage in sexual activity, not any youngsters would engage. For those parents who feel strongly about teaching their children sooner, they should teach them at home. For those parents who feel 8th grade is too soon, then sign the note to opt out! ...Read more
Complex: There are many in our communities who feel that organized sexual education interferes with their prerogatives as parents, and some that it intrudes on their religious beliefs. It has become extremely difficult to develop agreement on who should be tested, to say nothing of offering education. This is done commonly in many countries in europe, and explicit ads on tv are common. Not here. ...Read more
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