After Three Years Without Sex Education at The Gregory School for High Schoolers, the CLUB Brings the Much-Needed Conversation Back to the Table
Let’s face it: nobody wants to talk about sex. And no teenager likely wants to sit down in a room full of their peers and then have sex explained to them by an adult.
Despite any lingering hesitance to talk about it, detailed research and studies consistently demonstrate a need for healthy conversations about sex.
While the necessity of sexual education was originally determined in the 1970’s due to concerningly high teen pregnancy rates, and was later affirmed after the AIDS epidemic, the breadth and consistency of curriculum across the country, state, and city varies widely.
Schools and school districts can opt to teach “comprehensive” or “abstinence only” sexual education.
While comprehensive sex ed curriculum can range greatly in its scope and true comprehensiveness, it as a rule includes information on contraception, birth control, as well as methods to prevent STD’s and STI’s.
Abstinence only sex ed preaches precisely what you might expect – abstinence, with little to no mentions of other forms of contraception or birth control.
The effects of this Mean Girls-esque “don’t have sex or you’ll get pregnant and die” approach to education is predictably ineffective. Guttmacher Institute studies show that “among teens aged 18–19, 41% report that they know little or nothing about condoms and 75% say they know little or nothing about the contraceptive pill.”
Nationally, far more students receive education solely about abstinence than contraception.
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