Abstinence vs Condom Distributiom

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Abstinence vs Condom Distributiom

Sexual education was introduced to the American public school system in 1913. The superintendent of schools, Ella Flagg Young promoted the teaching of sexual education and implemented sex hygiene lectures in the Chicago, IL School system (Allen 17). The goal then was to reduce social problems such as venereal disease and prostitution by educating the public about sex. Now, in the beginning of the twenty-first century, goals are different, but the conflicting opinions on sexual education are still going on strong. Health promotion goals for teenagers include postponement of sexual activity until psycho social maturity and consistent use of condoms by those who do engage in sexual intercourse (Dillion 35). Most people agree with these goals to a certain degree. However, the tension arises when methods of meeting these goals are discussed. The following report explains some of the biggest issues dwelling around how the public schools should teach sexual education. The two ma!

in options discussed are teaching abstinence and condom distribution.

Throughout the US, school districts and states are basing their policies around these two ideas. The importance of this issue is very significant. Over last century, our statistics for teen health and sexuality problems have been getting worse and worse. The decision that we make now will decide if we: 1.educate and inspire our youth and the sexual health status of our youth improves for generations to come, 2. Overexpose the youth, and they get out of control, or 3. Suppress the youth, denying them knowledge and resources, and our situation continually worsens for the next generation of our youth (Blair 55).

Our youth today face horrible odds in the area of health, and almost everyone, regardless of political positions or religious standing, agrees that the problem needs to…...

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