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Alli Bruce
11/14 Discussion
Fri Nov 14, 2014 12:27pm
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The final topic I picked for the research is: schools should be focusing more on teaching comprehensive sex education, instead of simply just abstinence-only sex education. I was originally going to just discuss how birth control should be taught about in sex education, but I feel like discussing comprehensive education is a broader topic, and would be easier to write about. I’m definitely going to spend a good portion of my paper talking about birth control, but I’m also going to talk about other benefits of comprehensive sex ed.
In my paper, I plan to focus more on the issues with abstinence-only education. Sex is a natural part of life, and kids should be taught about how to have safe sex, and not just that they should wait until marriage to have sex. Like I mentioned in our last discussion, teenagers are going to have sex. There’s no way to prevent that. So why are we focusing on teaching kids not to have sex, when we should be teaching them how to be careful about it? Comprehensive sex education also focuses on topics such as sexual health and sexual orientation. These are important topics for children to know, as they grow older, so they are prepared for anything life throws at them. It also teaches about the use of condoms, birth control, and other contraceptive methods. We should be preparing kids for anything that can happen when they grow older, not telling them they need to wait until marriage.
Another key part of comprehensive sex education is abstinence. Abstinence isn’t a bad thing. It’s the only 100% effective way to avoid STD’s and unwanted pregnancy. It is important to discuss this in sex education, but we shouldn’t be teaching abstinence because it’s “the right thing to do”. Yes, abstinence is the “morally correct” answer, but that isn’t the reason we should be teaching it. We need to teach it because of the health benefits of staying abstinent.
I think I’m going to focus more on using educational articles for this paper. If you Google “comprehensive sex education”, there’s all kinds of different organizations whose websites discuss the benefits of comprehensive sex education.
I think the hardest part of this paper is going to be what information to include, and what to leave out. I don’t want to use too much information from my sources. I want to make sure there’s a balance between my opinion on the topic, and the information I found from my research.
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