Many sexually active teens are never educated on the dangers of unprotected sex, because their schools do not teach this kind of education. Could changing this lead to less sexually transmitted infections or teenage pregnancy? Teaching options could ensure more safety to teenagers. Should sex education be taught in public schools in the United States, and if so, what kind of education is the best choice for today’s teenagers? There are three basic types of sex education. The most widely spoken about and taught is called abstinence based sex education.
An abstinence-only approach to sex education teaches teens and young adults that not having sex until marriage is the best or only way to effectively avoid sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy. Abstinence based education is also taught with the thought that it is morally incorrect to have sex before marriage, often because of religious reasons. Students are taught that sexual activity before marriage have harmful psychological and physical effects, also that having a child out of wedlock harms the child, the child’s par… … middle of paper … … inence and Sex Education. ” AIDS and HIV information from the AIDS charity AVERT. N. p. , n. d. Web. 11 Jan. 2011. www. avert. org/abstinence “Facts on Sex Education in the United States. ” Guttmacher Institute: Home Page. N. p. , n. d. Web. 6 Jan. 2011. www. guttmacher. org/pubs/fb_sexed2006 Life360. “Non-Abstinence Sex Ed Gets Federal Funding. ” Life360. N. p. , 13 Oct. 2010, Web. 20 Jan. 2011. http://www. life 360. com/blog/sex-ed-government-funding/ “Planned Parenthood. ” Planned Parenthood. N. p. , n. d. Web. 28 Jan. 2011. www. plannedparenthood. org