Sex Education and the Curriculum

As a health minor, sex education is something I have become increasingly interested in. It is a section in the curriculum that can be very controversial but I believe is becoming more and more important to teach. I am going to take a deeper dive into abstinence only sexual education programs. I will be researching the problems of this program and how effective this approach is.

“Abstinence-only programs as they are commonly called, seek to motivate teens to not become sexually active until they are older, and in the case of some programs, until they are married. Because they are focused on the goal of abstinence, these programs typically do not include information on birth control method or safer sex practices, except to mention that they are not 100% effective in preventing pregnancy or STI (Rathus, Nevid. 2015, pg. 393).” Although abstinence is 100% effective at preventing pregnancy and transmission of STI’, it is something most teenagers will not practice. By only teaching abstinence only programs you are putting your students at a higher risk of becoming pregnant and contracting sexually transmitted infections.

My next steps in this process is going to be researching what is in the abstinence only programs and what they teach. What is wrong with this approach to sex education. Take a look at a broad based sexual education program and what this approach includes. Finally I will compare the positives and negatives of each approach to see which is more effective. I will be using resources such as textbooks and articles.

Reference: Rathus, S.A., Nevid, J.S. (2015). Human Sexuality in a World of Diversity. Toronto, Ont. Pearson

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