Destiny Borrero
  1. A. (Attention getter) School is where the most interaction occurs with teens. It is where they are taught what is right and what is wrong. So what teens are learning in school affects how they interact with others outside of that community and how to protect themselves out of that building.
  2. B. (Thesis: Problem) Did you know that every year 9 million STIs occur in teens and young adults, the most common is chlamydia and gonorrhea and 750,000 teens get pregnant: 82% unintended, 59% give birth, and more than 1/25 have abortions.
  3. C. (Credibility) According to a 2011 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey indicates that more than 47% of all high school students say they have had sex, and 15% of high school students have had sex with 4 or more partners during their lifetime. And 1-in-4 new HIV infection occur in people younger than 22. (NCSL)
  4. D. (Relevance) Many sexually experienced teens do not receive formal instructions about contraception before their first sexual encounter. More than ½ 7th-12th graders use the Internet for information about contraception and general health, but the problem with that is inaccurate information.
  5. E. (Main points: Solution) There has been a big debate on the type of sex education that should be taught in public schools. In order to prevent rising numbers of STIs and pregnancies in teens a sex education course should be available for students in public schools from 6th-12th grade.
  1. A. Media and Technology
    1. 1. How much sex appeal is revealed through television, the Internet and magazines.
      1. a. According to Molly Masland of Carnal Knowledge on the sex education debate the average kid today is immersed in sexual imagery. A generation that has grown up on details of Starr Report, thong-clad teens gyrate on spring break cable specials, or read covers of magazines.
      2. B. 2 different types of Sex Education teaching styles
        1. 1. Abstinence-only-until marriage
          1. a. Does not cover contraceptives, STDs, or HIV
          2. b. Covers why a person should wait: emotional and physical risks.
          3. c. Bias: “If you say don’t do it, but if you do, do it this way” sends mixed signals to kids.
  2. 2. Comprehensive Sexuality Education
    1. a. Covers the basics on safe sex, STD, contraceptives, masturbation, body image, and much more.
    2. b. Should be age appropriate.
    3. C. Reality these 2 classes are not available to all public schools, if it is, it is not both.
    4. D. Across the country there is the debate on how young is too young to learn sex education.
      1. 1. Adults too embarrassed to share information to kids.
      2. 2. Kids told just to say NO
      3. 3. Debate includes and affects cultures and religion.
      4. 4. Adults believe the programs will promote sex.
        1. a. A study of 35 sex education programs around the world found no evidence that comprehensive programs encourage sexual activity.
        2. E. Personal Experience: I have 3 siblings and interviewed the 13year old. I asked her if she learns anything on sex, birth control, contraception or HIV she said no, she learned about the reproductive system and the functions.
Adults shouldn’t be afraid of what teens are learning in school about sex education. It gives teens a foundation to come up with questions and have conversation with their parents. (Show and explain 3 charts).