• Of course it should be taught!

    Although many schools in the United States use abstinence-only sex education, this method has been proven to be wildly ineffective in delaying sexual initiation in teens, influencing them to have fewer sexual partners, or to abstain entirely from sex. In fact, a survey done in Mississippi showed that around 57% of teens were sexually active and that 11% of teens reported having had sex before the age of 13 as compared to the 6% nationally. And, they're having more children, too, with around 50 births per 1,000 girls aged 15-19. What's interesting to note is that the Mississippi sex-ed curriculum is predominantly abstinence-only, showing that the failure to teach teens about ways to safely have sex increases their likelihood of participating in unsafe sex, leading to unwanted pregnancies and possibly STIs.

    Not only does it lead to unwanted pregnancies, but it also closes the conversation between parents and their children about the matter of puberty and sex. Failure to teach teens about contraception leads to shame and guilt around the act of sex, and most definitely means that children will be much less willing to discuss the topic of sex with their parents when the time comes. This can lead to a myriad of trust issues that would not have been there had the accurate information regarding contraceptives been readily available to them.

    In short, abstinence-only education? Bad idea if you're trying to actually make a difference in minimizing unwanted pregnancies and STIs.

  • Unwanted pregnancies .

    This should be taught in school after all these unwanted pregnancies ,this is needed...
    Me myself have a friend that has expairienced this and her mother had to choose out of them both (which is seriously shocking) ...
    We should teach children/young adults this (this is needed )
    I speak for my friend (this should be a new law)

  • Yes because the young adults need to know.

    Young people are probably not learning sex education from parents or religion/churches so they need to learn how to protect themselves with contraception. Learn how to prevent having a baby through a condom or birth control methods, so they will not need abortions or be young single parents. Learn about their bodies.

  • Teenagers are going to be curious, so they also need to be safe.

    Teenagers will go out and have sex, no matter how much you drive home abstinence. Along with contraception methods, abstinence should be taught as the only method that prevents STIs and pregnancy 100% of the time. However, it is important that the teens know how to protect themselves in case they do decide to have sex. It has been found that in areas where contraceptive methods are taught in schools, there are less STIs and unwanted pregnancies.

  • All evidence indicates so, yes.

    When comparing full, comprehensive sex education in schools with "abstinence only" sex education that does not teach about contraception, studies showed only one method actually lowered the rates of teen pregnancy and STD- comprehensive education.
    Teenagers are going to have sex- it's a basic fact. Always have, always will. By not teaching them about the proper methods to protect themselves if they do choose to have sex, incomplete sex education programs create ignorance and thus high rates of teen pregnancy and STD.

  • Knowledge is power.

    Too often, the natureal human response is to hide our heads in the sand. We fear the unknown, yet hesitate to learn more about those things we do not know. This extends well beyond contraception education in schools. Imagine if we all took the time to listen and learn about opposing views, as we do at this site. So just because parents are afraid their children will become sexually active too early, they must arm their children with the right knowledge and morales to protect themselves. Focus on personal responsibility and seeking experiences. Sheltering and hiding limits personal growth and development.

  • I'm a Teenager.

    I'm 15 years old. And yes, contraception should be taught in schools. Believe it or not, sex is a very big deal, especially in high school. Someone yelling "Abstinence is the only way!" Only makes the teen body more rebellious and curious to what sex really is. Honesty and logical explaining is the best way to get a message across. While nothing can be 100% effective, knowing how to use protection is much more important than knowing that sex "is bad". Helping make students more aware of the choices out there can help stop teen pregnancies and slow the spread of STDs. Finally I'll end this on one somber note: I have a pregnant friend. She is also 15. She didnt know what a condom was until it was too late. Now all I can do is cross my fingers and help her out the best i can. But I wish sex wasn't such a shamed topic so maybe something could have prevented it.

  • Yes contraception should be taught in schools.

    In this day of age teenagers need guidance that is helpful. Contraception should be taught in schools because Teens need to know when, how and why to use contraception. Also young girls need to be taught that they will face peer pressure to have sex. We need to teach absence , but not in a religious manner. More along the lines of make sure your mentally and physically ready for sex, and no one else can decide for you. Also they need to know the consequences, and not as in your going to hell if you don't wait until your married. More like if you don't use protection you could become pregnant or contract STDs. They need to be aware!

  • Some kids have religious or conservative parents who want their children to remain ignorant of sexual matters.

    No good parent would encourage their teenage children to have sex too early but religious and conservative parents often go further by “protecting” their children from “corrupting” sex education.

    However, their kids will still form relationships with members of the opposite sex and, sooner or later, the boy will make ‘the lunge’. If the girl is receptive to his advances and neither of them knows how important it is to use contraception the liaison could easily result in an unwanted pregnancy.

  • Deeper understanding for students on its effects and importance

    It gives students a wide range of background on what these contraceptives are meant for and how they can be of help when they are needed most. I believe that the way a child can understand and learn something important is when it is being taught in school most primarily due to the fact that schools are one of the most influential factor for the development of a child's knowledge. With this, less teenagers would not result to unplanned pregnancy and more can see the benefits of contraceptives for themselves.

  • Of course not

    Though lying is a valuable skill, it is wrong to lie. Especially when it affects others lives. Relate this to what Obama is doing. Then think is it right? If you think " no. It is very wrong" then you're heading in the right direction. But I do believe lying can get you out of some major trouble. It's just a matter of how far you're supposed to go.

  • No, contraception does not need to be taught in schools.

    Many schools teach children about contraception, and even offer it to students. However, in a normally-functioning household, this topic is something that parents should try to have as open dialog with their kids, and ideally the parents' belief structure should be taken into consideration. Different parents have different beliefs on this, and it's not a school's job to get involved in dictating, or supplanting, the beliefs of a household.

  • No, abstinence is the only solution.

    Students should be taught the only fool-proof way of avoiding pregnancy and STDs; abstinence. Students shouldn't learn that they can have sex safely, it just gives them bad ideas, what if the contraceptive doesn't work? The Girl could get pregnant and it might just ruin her life. Schools should teach abstinence.

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