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Anna Pederson Mrs. Draper English 1020 20 April 2010 Part Four, First Draft The potential effects of teaching comprehensive sex education within schools can start from the basis of merely reducing the number of unplanned pregnancies among teenagers and, as these teenagers grow older, adults, which can have the positive result of a drastic decrease in the number of abortions. Other potential positive effects include reducing the number of new cases of STDs and increasing a student’s knowledge about how to maintain sexual health, which can include teaching about abstinence and how sex can fit into a relationship. Federal funding is currently available for States that wish to implement abstinence-only sex education programs within public schools. This federal funding is not available for the teaching of comprehensive sex education. Indeed, in order to receive this funding, the curriculum must be abstinence-only, so, if a state wants to actually teach comprehensive sex education, it must give up the funding. According to Todd Zwillich, a reporter who has written for publications such as Reuters and Science magazine, seventeen states, including California, have already done so (Zwillich). With regard to comprehensive sex education programs, the wheel need not be reinvented. There are already numerous programs that are teaching comprehensive sex education with great results. Some of the most successful programs can be found in countries such as Holland, which, according to a report from UNICEF on teenage pregnancy rates in the world’s richest countries, boasts the one of the lowest teenage pregnancy rates, 6.2 per every 1,000 women aged 15 to 19.

something parents should be embarrassed to discuss with their children.Pederson 2 This statistic is in stark contrast to the United State’s teenage pregnancy rate. the importance of responsibility and how to recognize the symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases” (Thomson). and explains about periods and the Pill” (Thomson). The Dutch are extremely open with their children. from a very young age. how to have “safe and pleasurable sex”. how smiley-faced sperm travel. When children reach secondary school. even if the Dutch model were to be followed entirely. and relationships. which is 52. Within Holland. about all aspects of sexual reproduction. sexuality. sex and sexuality are generally considered taboo subjects. according to the same report “ is the highest in the developed world – and about four times the European Union average. and what their father's penis looks like. This is the result of the vast cultural differences between the Dutch and American people with regard to sex and sexuality. in the United States. The book for 11-year-olds shows a girl examining her genitals in a mirror.1 and. Only 18% of parents favor abstinence-only sex education and are opposed to their children being taught comprehensive sex education within public schools. who have the highest teenage birth rate in Europe. should embrace the Dutch model of sex education. the results would not likely be quite as successful as those within Holland itself. children as young as five are reading books and learning “why their mothers have breasts and shave their armpits. “ the sex education is formalized and children are shown how to use various types of contraceptive. However. and a common objection among this minority of parents involves the parent’s right to choose what they want . However.” (A League Table of Teenage Births in Rich National) Article written for a prominent British newspaper explores why the British. how human beings prefer to lie on top of each other but dogs mate from behind.

then the responsibility of teaching about sexual health. “72% of parents of junior high school students and 65% of parents of high school students stated that federal government funding “should be used to fund more comprehensive sex education programs that include information on how to obtain and use condoms and other contraceptives” instead of funding programs that have “abstaining from sexual activity” as their only purpose” (On Our Side) Introducing comprehensive sex education programs within public schools could drastically improve the United State’s high teenage pregnancy rate. along with the teaching of abstinence within comprehensive sex education curricula. and greatly improve the student’s knowledge of sexual health and reproduction. many most comprehensive sex education programs give parents the option of removing their children from the program. Students are overwhelmingly in favor of sex education within their schools. If parents did decide to leave their children in a a given sex education program. reduce the number of abortions. however. would seem to provide parents with ample options for their children. relationships. However. [but] one in four are instructed not to teach the subject” (Dailard). They would. All of this could go a long way toward bettering the general well-being of our country as a whole. This. . lower the occurrences of STDs. According to a fact sheet written by the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States.Pederson 3 their child to learn about sex (Dailard). There would likely be very little objection from teachers if a shift occurred to the teaching of comprehensive sex education because “nine in 10 teachers believe that students should be taught about contraception (and half believe that contraception should be taught in grade seven or earlier). and the mechanics of sex falls on the teachers. require extensive training on how to teach the subject.

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