Ignorance is Dangerous

When we were young, we had “the talk” in elementary school. Boys go in one room, girls go in another. Then the teachers informed us how our bodies are starting to change, inform us on periods and so on.  The painfully awkward and uncomfortable “talk” that everyone knows.

It advances in middle school to sex. What goes where… etc. It also informs/scares us about the result of sex like AIDS and other STD’s. And of course, PREGNANCY.

Then in high school they teach you about “Peer Relationships / Practicing Abstinence.”  With more information on STD’s and HIV/AIDS.

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Almost all American sex ed classes are based on abstinence. But stated in “Comprehensive Sex Education: Research and Results,”

“Students who participated in the programs were no more likely to abstain from sex than other students.”

And even a bigger problem is that abstinence courses have incorrect material, that mislead and scare the children out of having sex.

Examples from “Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Programs: Ineffective, Unethical, and Poor Public Health” state;

  • A 43-day-old fetus is a “thinking person.”
  • HIV can be spread via sweat and tears.
  • Half of gay male teenagers in the United States have tested positive for HIV.
  • Pregnancy can result from touching another person’s genitals.
  • Condoms fail to prevent HIV transmission as often as 31 percent of the time in heterosexual intercourse.
  • Women who have an abortion “are more prone to suicide.”
  • As many as 10 percent of women who have an abortion become sterile.

All of this information is NOT TRUE.

Based on a 2004 investigation by the House Government Reform Committee showed that 11 of the 13 topics of curriculum in a abstinence only program are inaccurate.

They even say that half of gay male teenagers tested positive for HIV!

Yes, abstinence is the only way to have a 100% chance of not getting pregnant.

But it’s like giving your kid a bike for his or hers birthday and saying, “Happy Birthday! We got you a bike! Now… Don’t ride it!”

Abstinence courses are only proven to be ineffective, teaching ignorance to children.

And frankly, teaching abstinence is completely unrealistic.

 

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Image Credit: PLOS One

The picture shows abstinence education level prescribed in 2005 state laws or policies. Shown in the picture, the higher the abstinence ed. course the more likely a teen will get pregnant.

It is essential that students receive valuable information about how to choose contraception and properly use it. Because there will always be teens who have sex.

And young people need sex education.

There was a 5 percent national increase between 2005 and 2007 in teenage birthrates in the U.S; from 40.5 to 42.5 births per 1,000 young women aged 15-19.

And 1 in 5 report some type of sexual abuse in romantic relationships. (Comprehensive Sex Education: Research and Results,)

Minnesota

In 2005, Minnesota from 2007 to 2013, the birth rate for youth aged 15–19 in the US dropped nearly 36%, reaching a record low of 26.5 per 1,000 in 2013. Information from 2015 MINNESOTA ADOLESCENT SEXUAL HEALTH REPORT.

There is a 2.6% of teens our age getting pregnant. It might not seem like much, but it still is a problem and we need to teach kids that they need to be save when having sex.

A comprehensive understanding of sex and being exposed to a thorough education of practicing safe sex is the best way to delay the initiation of sexual activity in teens as well as promote caution and protection.

In Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Programs: Ineffective, Unethical, and Poor Public Health;

Americans expressed support for a broad sex education curriculum that teaches about abstinence as well as the “basics of how babies are made.” In addition,

  • 99 percent of Americans wanted programs to cover other STIs as well as HIV.
  • 98 percent wanted youth to learn all about HIV and AIDS.
  • 94 percent wanted youth to learn how to get tested for HIV and other STIs.
  • 93 percent wanted youth to be taught about “waiting to have sexual intercourse until married.”
  • 83 percent wanted youth to learn how to put on a condom.
  • 71 percent wanted youth to know that “that teens can obtain birth control pills from family planning clinics without permission from a parent.”

A 20% percent lower than teaching kids to wait to have sex til marriage was for teens to have the knowledge of how to obtain birth control.

Americans want to teach kids to not have sex til marriage but, “[a]mong youth participating in “virginity pledge” programs, researchers found that among sexually experienced youth, 88 percent broke the pledge and had sex before marriage.  Further, among all participants, once pledgers began to have sex, they had more partners in a shorter period of time and were less likely to use contraception or condoms than were their non-pledging peers”

Teaching teenagers ignorance instead of actual information is down right dangerous and is a problem 

The education of students is the best way to create a more responsible generation.

 


 

 

“Comprehensive Sex Education: Research and Results.”Comprehensive Sex Education: Research and Results. Advocates For Youth, Sept. 2009. Web. 16 Jan. 2016.

“Friends’ Influence on Adolescents’ First Sexual Intercourse.” Friends’ Influence on Adolescents’ First Sexual Intercourse. Guttmacher Institute, Mar. 2006. Web. 16 Jan. 2016.

Keefe, Marilyn. “Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Programs: Ineffective, Unethical, and Poor Public Health.” Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Programs: Ineffective, Unethical, and Poor Public Health. N.p., July 2007. Web. 16 Jan. 2016.

Statistics, National Center For Health. “Teenagers in the United States: Sexual Activity, Contraceptive Use, and Childbearing, 2006–2010 National Survey of Family Growth.” Vital and Health Statistics Report Series 23 Number 31 October 2011 (n.d.): n. pag. Www.CDC.gov. CDC, Oct. 2011. Web. 13 Jan. 2016.

“The States With the Highest Teenage Birth Rates Have One Thing in Common.” Mic. Journal PLOS One, 2014. Web. 16 Jan. 2016.

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