Sexual Education in Public Schools
The controversy over abstinence and comprehensive sex education came into the public eye with a major case in the Montgomery court system. Three groups seeking to halt the new sex education curriculum in Montgomery County schools filed the necessary papers on July 26th 2007. Seeking a court order to prevent the school system from teaching a controversial sex education course. The case was over ruled. The sex-education class restarted Aug. 27th
This topic is controversial because every person has different views on what kids should be exposed to, and what will help them. Some parents don’t want their kids to be exposed to contraceptives. In thinking that they will take the information and use it to have sexual relations. Others believe that kids will not follow the abstinence pledges that they make. And not ever being taught of contraceptives they would have unprotected sex. This results in the back and forth legal and moral battles.
Despite the belief that abstinence only education should be taught. It has no place in our public schools because, abstinence only curricula is found to contain false, misleading, or distorted information, there is little evidence that this approach prevents teen pregnancy, and more adults oppose the abstinence only direction of sex education
The abnegation from sexual activity approach taken by the United States Federal government routinely presents religious beliefs or opinions as scientific fact misleading students in their search for knowledge. A discreet sit-in done at a California abstinence only class showed that the class was more opinion than fact based, telling students that sexual experimentation was wrong and that STD’s can get through anything, and that condoms could not protect from pregnancy or STD’s/STI’s. This has been proven by the research of Alison Jeanne Lin and John S. Santelli in “The Accuracy of Condom Information in Three Selected Abstinence-Only Education Curricula.
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