More than 93 percent of parents place high importance on sex education in both middle and high school. Sex education in middle and high school is widely supported by parents regardless of their political affiliation. More than 89 percent of parents that identified as Republicans or Democrats support including a wide range of topics in sex education including puberty, healthy relationships, abstinence, sexually transmitted diseases STDs and birth control in high school. In middle school, 78 percent or more of both parents that identified as Republicans and Democrats support the inclusion of those topics. Controlling for key demographic factors, parents that identified as Democrats are more likely than those that identified as Republicans to support the inclusion of the topics of healthy relationships, birth control, STDs, and sexual orientation in both middle and high school.
America’s Sex Education: How We Are Failing Our Students
The way we teach sex-ed is old and ineffective. Here's how to fix it.
Sex education is the instruction of issues relating to human sexuality , including emotional relations and responsibilities, human sexual anatomy , sexual activity , sexual reproduction , age of consent , reproductive health , reproductive rights , safe sex , birth control and sexual abstinence. Sex education that covers all of these aspects is known as comprehensive sex education. Traditionally, adolescents in many cultures were not given any information on sexual matters, with the discussion of these issues being considered taboo. Such instruction, as was given, was traditionally left to a child's parents, and often this was put off until just before a child's marriage. The progressive education movement of the late 19th century, however, led to the introduction of " social hygiene " in North American school curricula and the advent of school-based sex education. This deficiency was heightened by the increasing incidence of teenage pregnancies , particularly in Western countries after the s. As part of each country's efforts to reduce such pregnancies, programs of sex education were introduced, initially over strong opposition from parent and religious groups.
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The best way to help adolescents make responsible decisions about their sexual activity and health is to give them comprehensive sex education. I study sex education and am myself a community sex educator. Although most of my students are already sexually active, most have never had a proper sex ed course. Their information about sex comes usually comes from peers and from social media and sexually explicit content on the internet. The students I teach frequently express concern about their lack of basic knowledge — and similar deficits in U.
As a parent, you need to be fully aware of what your teen is taught about sex at school. You want to be sure that the information is complete, accurate, and reflects your family's values. You want to be sure that you are prepared to answer questions your teen may have. Additionally, you'll want to fill in any gaps in your teen's knowledge. For example, the school's sex education program may focus on birth control and safe sex, without addressing the emotional issues that accompany becoming sexually active.