Persuasive Essay On Sex Education

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How could the nation possibly solve so many of the problems running rampant within the teen and young adult lives? In the Netherlands, where sex education begins in preschool and is integrated into all levels and subjects of schooling, boasts one of the lowest teen birth rates in the world — 5.1 per 1,000 women aged 15–19 — a rate six times lower than that of the U.S. (Berne & Huberman, 1999; United Nations, 2012). And in France where they have mandated sex education that begins at age 13, the teenage birthrate is three times lower than that of the U.S. If the United States were to implement a mandatory reality/evidence based sex education, the results we would see in our teens today would be phenomenal. The difference between reality/evidence based sex education and abstinence-only education is that abstinence-only education does not inform teens on teenage behavior, sexually transmitted diseases, reliable methods of birth control, or the fact that teens have a possibility to become sexually active. Teen pregnancy rates in the United States have fallen in recent years, but the country still has a higher rate than any other developed country. This is because many sex education programs in the United States caution young people not to have sex until they are married. However, most abstinence-only programs are not effective because…show more content…
Young men are often overlooked as a group that plays an important role in reducing teenage pregnancy. A national survey found that 13 percent of sexually experienced teenage men had been involved in a pregnancy in 2002. Sex educators and reproductive health care providers must therefore present pregnancy prevention as the job of both partners to foster responsible sexual choices among young men and women. But it is crucial for both the male and female teens to have not only easy and affordable access to contraception but confidential

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