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Teach Abstinence Actually Works?
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Many people are under the impression that schools teaching only abstinence are ineffective. Recent studies suggest that this isn’t entirely true. In states that dominantly teach on an abstinence only program teen pregnancy rates are actually going down. More and more children are actively choosing not to have sex; moreover, schools teaching abstinence only are taking credit for this. Rather or not the correlation is also causation in this case cannot be entirely clear. Still, the fact remains that these studies suggest that teaching abstinence is just as effective for preventing teenage pregnancy.

However, the abstinence program does fall short of the safe sex program on at least one front; teaching safe sex has been proven to profoundly mitigate the rate at which sexually transmitted diseases spread. Teaching abstinence does not necessarily exacerbate the situation, but it’s not helping either. I certainly don’t like schools teaching that condoms are entirely ineffective either. Acknowledging the existence of minute risk is simply portraying the truth, but I originally went to an abstinence only school. Based on what I learned there I distinctly had it in my head that condoms were essentially a fifty-fifty chance.

I also remember one of my friends saying that he’d wear two condoms to make it one hundred percent and us laughing about it. In all actuality wearing multiple condoms increases the risk of pregnancy and the transfer of STDS. Condoms were not designed to be double layered and the increased friction often causes them to snap or come loose-which for the girl can also cause infection.

So, knowing that abstinence is just as effective as safe sex for preventing teen pregnancy but not for preventing STDs do you feel that schools should teach safe sex? Personally I see a compromise. I think we should make safe sex information easily attainable to our children but not force it on them.

Children are different and I think that the greatest failure of our education system-the education system of most industrialized nations-is that it fails to treat youths as individuals. Some children will honestly benefit from learning safe sex. Other children are a danger to themselves and shouldn’t be empowered.

My solution would be to have teachers provide students with links to planned parenting and similar such organization websites that provide the information. You should also provide information in the library. Finally, you should teach BOTH classes and allow parents, students, and teachers to select which program would be most effective for an individual child.

I think that teaching safe sex to all children without exception releases a dated but important cultural taboo surrounding sex by making it a part of the everyday mundane. As my little sister’s boyfriend put it before I threw him out of my house, “It’s no big deal, everyone has sex!”

I do not believe that children who are not taught about safe sex in class automatically fail to know what a condom is. There are directions on the package on how to use it-and really, a small child could figure it out. It’s like putting the circle through the round hole, the triangle through the triangle hole, and the star through the weird oblong pointy hole.

I’m also not convinced that abstinence programs are entirely responsible for the decrease in teen pregnancy. Certainly some of the responsibility goes to them but some other things to be considered in this equation:

More and more children are isolating themselves with the spread of internet access, video games, and television.

With new and evolving forms of entertainment, children aren’t as bored and have other social activities to select from. In ratio to population small towns are statistically the worst place for teen pregnancy rate. Not because small town people are in any significant way difference from city slickers, but because there’s nothing else to do in small towns.

AIDs awareness is spreading.

Pornography is now easily accessible providing a physically, though probably not psychologically or socially, healthy alternative to actual sex.



Posted 1/24/09
I think it differs between where you live. I think sex education is the main thing here in Canada. I have yet to see an abstinence program mentioned in regular and even some christian schools here, though our countries have very different ways of approaching sex and teaching it to students. The reason we have a dropping teen pregnancy rate is because the pill is readily available to everyone and requires no prescription and it is actually covered in Quebec (I think). Here I do not believe abstinence and sex education will ever be taught together, we tend to keep religion at a distance when it comes to telling others what to do.
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llol in America alot people have AIDS
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-It's quite the predicament from what I see. People's morals have a huge factor in this. Like religiously strong people tend to teach abstinence and those not religious tend to teach safe sex.
-Teaching safe sex implies to kids that it's okay to have sex, which is what the religious people hate and is also their reason for not teaching it.
-Abstinence keeps them from any risks all together, which in theory is the best way to keep kids from teen pregnancy and sexual diseases, but if you were a kid then you would know how horny you were around the teenage years, or are if you currently are one.
-Teaching kids both sounds pretty good, but if I were a kid I would care less about the abstinence after hearing about safe sex. It's like sex or no sex, hmmm.
-More research I would like to see.
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Lulz abstinence. That shit is stupid
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It should be both AND at an early age. They should encourage abstinence and also provide information about protection. There is no such thing as 'safe' sex. Doesn't matter what you use there is still a chance (be it small) of conception. A number of kids are just getting their information off of the media which is a major no-no.

All I'm saying is that kids need to be better informed and not given here & there bits of information. If teaching abstinence has been proven to help reduce preg. rates then there should be implementation of some types of programs.
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h3ntie wrote:

Lulz abstinence. That shit is stupid


LULZ. ironic.
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Teresa_Yuuki wrote:


h3ntie wrote:

Lulz abstinence. That shit is stupid


LULZ. ironic.


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h3ntie wrote:


Teresa_Yuuki wrote:


h3ntie wrote:

Lulz abstinence. That shit is stupid


LULZ. ironic.


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son, we're all irons.
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Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs pointed out that one of the physiological needs is sex. So basically, teachings on abstinence would fall on deaf ears if the person listening to them have sex as a means to gratify his needs. The best those instructors could do is to continue promoting safe sex and the like.
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In Denmark we start having sex at 13, and we're doing pretty good ^_~
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Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs pointed out that one of the physiological needs is sex. So basically, teachings on abstinence would fall on deaf ears if the person listening to them have sex as a means to gratify his needs. The best those instructors could do is to continue promoting safe sex and the like.


Yeah, but Maslow's Hierarchy also states that you need acceptance from other people... which is a load of bs... I actually Maslow's philosophy... I'm one of the few who thinks it all a load of crap... or most of it at least :P

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I think that both shoudl be taught, I o not believe that religion should clash so much with these teachings, religious people really need to get their heads out of their asses and realize that not everyone follows their beliefs. Even though I prefer abstinence for myself, and not just for religious reasons, I will also teach my daughter safe sex, because if she gets married, she may not want children, or her husband could still have an STD's... that's why the 'religion' argument is BS XD
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japanese_christmas wrote:


h3ntie wrote:


Teresa_Yuuki wrote:


h3ntie wrote:

Lulz abstinence. That shit is stupid


LULZ. ironic.


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son, we're all irons.


Yes. Which would prove my statement true
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h3ntie wrote:


Teresa_Yuuki wrote:


h3ntie wrote:

Lulz abstinence. That shit is stupid


LULZ. ironic.


You're an iron

huh?? lol.
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