Comprehensive Sex Ed. Programs vs. Abstinence Only Programs
Sexual education programs taught in high schools nationwide would be much more effective if instead of focusing exclusively on abstinence only programs, they taught a much more comprehensive program, which informed the adolescents how to be safe when it comes to dealing with sexual activities. Abstinence only programs are the widely favored programs of the past and of present time, but now more and more adults are starting to believe their children would be better educated if they were involved in a more comprehensive program, that not only emphasized the teachings of abstinence but taught their children how to be safe, and how to deal with the consequences of their sexual activities. Each program offers a wide array of information, but taking both of those programs and putting them together, will really help teenagers deal with their sexual drive and issues.
In abstinence only programs, of course what is taught is abstinence. In these programs the instructor stresses why practicing abstinence is so important.
“The federal definition of an eligible abstinence-only education program is one that: has as its exclusive purpose, teaching the social, physiological, and health gains to be realized by abstaining from sexual activity; teaches abstinence from sexual activity outside marriage as the expected standard for all school age children; teaches that abstinence from sexual activity is the only certain way to avoid out-of-wedlock pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and other associated health problems, teaches that sexual activity outside of the context of marriage is likely to have harmful psychological and physical effects; teaches that bearing children out-of-wedlock is likely to have harmful consequences for the child, the child's parents, and society; teaches young people how to reject sexual advances and how alcohol and drug use increases vulnerability to sexual advances; and teaches the importance of attaining self-sufficiency before engaging in sexual activity.”(Katz, 2004)
All of these ideas are understandable in why they are being taught, because this is the idea that people have grown up with and preached. However, these ideas do not teach the students who have already had sex or participated in sexual activities, or those students that do not believe waiting until marriage is right for them how to be safe. It is basically information that is going in one ear and out the other. If these programs also taught the students information on contraceptives and how to deal with consequences, at least the parents know that their kids have the information on how to be safe. Abstinence only programs are state funded. Many of the nation’s tax dollars go out to teach these programs. Although, it is good that the money is being given to support some sort of Sex Ed program, many people are starting to believe that their tax dollars should go to support the program they...