You are at school and it is between classes. On the way to your next class you start to notice students that are pregnant. How many do you count on your way to your next class?
Have you noticed students at your school that are pregnant or that have kids and what do you feel when you see these students?
Do you think the lack of sex education is the problem of teenage pregnancies?
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This blog is for secondary students 7-12 to inform them of teenage pregnancy issues. It will also give information on why sex education is important and should be taught in schools all around in order to teach the youth to wait and say, "iPASS on pregnancy!”
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Sex Education in schools have been a touchy issue every since the 1950s. Some issues were that parents did not want schools teaching their children about sex, there were moral issues involved, or schools didn’t know how to teach students about sex. There have been many different ways that schools have tried to implement sex education. But there are still a high percentage of pregnancies and STI’s among secondary students. Schools are students’ first place for socialization among other people, so it is no surprise to say that sex is one of the main places where it is introduced and taken place within the middle and high school students.
In an article called “Where Sex Education Went Wrong (chastity education is suggested instead)” written by Thomas Lickona, he talks about the effects of sexual activities with teenagers and three different ways that sex education was implemented in schools and there effects.
Lickona gave very valuable information throughout his article. He stated that 1 out of every 10 teenage girls becomes pregnant and there are more than 400,000 teenage abortions each year. He them goes to discuss the three models that were implemented to teach sex education. The first was the “Comprehensive Sex Education,” in which originated in the1950s. Lickona stated that this was a neutral approach and only taught about contraception. This also led to a high rate of teen pregnancies (20%) and the rate of teen abortions doubled. The second approach was the “Abstinence, But.” This form of sex education was adopted due to the AIDS/HIV epidemic. He stated that this approached just led students to be confused because it stated that you have to remain abstinent in order to be safe from AIDS/HIV and other STIs, but if you choose to continue to have sex then you need to have protection and use it the correct way. The third approach is the “Direct Sex Education.” This approach teaches students that abstinence is the only way. Direct Sex Education advises youth to wait until they are married, not only for moral and ethical reasons, but for health, physical, and psychological reasons also. (Please click link below to read the full article.)
My favorite quote from this article from Lickona is, “Sex is Powerful,” and it is in so many ways. Our youth today are very media driven and it is the media that gives them the latest on what is cool and what is not. So when you see that the media (TV, magazines, internet) is mostly surrounded by sex, what do you think that tells our youth? Sex is very powerful, especially when it is in your face everywhere you turn.
Sex education classes and/or parenting classes would be a great influence on students and very informative. The problem is that most schools do not have sex education in their school or if you take a family consumer Science class, they only cover the subject of sex in one chapter.
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Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Sooooo, give me some advice (male and female).....
Everyone is familiar with the show 16 and pregnant (if not follow the link under my "Check this out" area), during the 2nd season there were teenage a few fathers that were in their children's life and some were not… Read the article under additional information about the teenage male view of teen pregnancy. Then answer this....
Do you think teenage males are affected more by teenage pregnancy or just the same as the teenage female?
Why do you think some teenage fathers feel that it is not their responsibility to raise their own child and that they still have the right to be just a child?
Do you think parenting classes would change the thought process of a soon to be teenage father, so that he can know what to expect?