Many people believe that sex education programs are needed in schools, but all these programs are doing is encouraging people to try sex using some kind of protection against pregnancy. These sex education programs shouldn’t be in schools. A better solution to a sex education program would be an abstinence only program because rather than teaching about how to have safe sex with protection, teach them how to wait to marriage. Also abstinence programs would show teens how to build healthy relationships, increase self worth and, set appropriate boundaries in order to achieve future goals (Huber 1).
Abstinence programs have been proven effective. In Georgia, for example, teen pregnancy rates have been cut in half, dropping for eleven straight years since the state mandated abstinence education (Huber 1). Also the current sex education programs have not been doing a good enough job. Each year, more than 3 million teenagers contract a sexually transmitted disease. In addition to the threat of disease and pregnancy, sexually active teens are three times more likely than teens that are not sexually active to become depressed and attempt suicide (Rector 1).
Others who support the idea of sex education programs rather than abstinence only programs argue that promoting marriage and discouraging premarital sex through fear and false information remains a benchmark of abstinence only education (Buggink 1). With the number of sexually transmitted diseases raising at the current rate, and with there being about 822,000 teen pregnancies from the ages of 15 to 19 in which most of them are unintended, there should be a much more positive emphasis on abstinence programs. And maybe we should be putting a little fear into teens because one bad decision in their life can change it forever and they will not be able to take back what they did. Also others who are in opposition to the abstinence programs may argue that, “Those who pledge to remain virgins until marriage are just as likely to have premarital sex as those who do not promise abstinence and are significantly less likely to use condoms and other forms of birth control when they do.” Said by Rob Stein who is a Washington post staff writer. But in Sex-Ed for Dummies the author, Lynn Vincent, argues that comprehensive sex education programs omit the teaching of values and imply “that casual teen sex has no lasting consequences as long as the teens use a condom.”
In the end the best option for a young teen is abstinence, and the best way for them to find out about that is by taking an abstinence only program rather than a sex education program. The abstinence only programs will show teens how to maintain a healthy life and make better decisions.
Rector, Robert. "Why Push Safe Sex Over Abstinence?" Sex Ed: Should the Bedroom Enter the Classroom? 12 June 2005. 20 Mar. 2009.
Briggink, Heide. "Miseducation: The Lockdown on Abstinence-only Programs." Jan. & feb. 2007. 20 Mar. 2009.
Stein, Rob. "Teenagers Who Make Such Promises Are Just as Likely to Have Sex, And Less Likely to Use Protection, the Data Indicate." Premarital Abstinence Pledges ineffective, Study Finds. 28 Dec.. 2008. 20 Mar. 2009.
Huber, Valerie. "Abstinence works." SIRS. 30 July 2007. 20 Mar. 2009.
Vincent, Lynn. "Sex-Ed For Dummies." SIRS. 28 Apr. 2007. 20 Mar. 2009.