TITLE

Should We Be Teaching Sex Education or Sexual Abstinence?

AUTHOR(S)
Stover, Del
PUB. DATE
January 2007
SOURCE
Education Digest;Jan2007, Vol. 72 Issue 5, p41
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article examines the debate on whether or not schools should be teaching sex education or sexual abstinence. In the U.S., 27 states have policies stressing abstinence in sex education courses, and 14 more mandate that abstinence be taught. The article points out that the problem is not whether schools should be teaching the benefits of abstinence, but the problem for critics of some sexual abstinence curriculum is that it leaves out major social aspects of sex education. The critics argue that sex education programs must be comprehensive, which includes abstinence education but also includes discussions about contraception, sexual orientation, and other controversial subjects. Some argue that controversial subjects should be excluded because they "promote" sexual experimentation.
ACCESSION #
24052710

 

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