sex education - 1 Jenna Drake English 101 Ms Coyle"The...

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Jenna Drake English 101 Ms. Coyle November 18, 2007 “The United States has the highest rate of teen pregnancy and births in the western industrialized world” (General Facts 1). This statistic is disturbing to many people because there is so much knowledge available today to teenagers and parents about how to be safe if you choose to have sex. Even with the information available about contraception the use of it remains “inconsistent” says teenpregnancy.org with only “three quarters of teen girls and eight out of ten teen boys using contraception the first time they have sex” (General Facts 2). This raises the question of why these teens aren’t using contraception. It might come down to what type of sex education they are being given in school. In this country there are different types of sex education programs. Two of the most popular programs are abstinence only, and comprehensive sex education. Although schools use a variety of programs studies are showing that some programs may be more effective than other programs. Abstinence-only sex education, “Teaches abstinence as the only morally correct option of sexual expression for teenagers. It usually censors information about contraception and condoms for the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s) and unintended pregnancies” (Sex Education Programs 1). The U.S. government funds these types of programs because that is what it thinks should be taught in schools. In 2005 about “168 million” (Connolly 2) on programs that qualify. To qualify schools “… must limit discussion of contraception to failure rates” (FAQ’s 1). The problem with this 1
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is what about the kids that are already having sex.
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