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  1. 1. THE FACTS • SEXUALITY EDUCATION CURRICULUMSARE INTENDED TO TEACH STUDENTS SAFE SEX PRACTICES INCLUDING BIRTH CONTROL OPTIONS AND STD PREVENTION. IN THE US SEX EDUCATION IS LACKING AND IT IS SURPRISING TO RESEARCH WHAT TEENS SAY ABOUT WHAT THEY LEARNED THROUGH EDUCATION ABOUT SAFE SEX. • HERE ARE SOME STATISTICS I FOUND ON REPORTS TEENS MADE ABOUT FORMAL SEX EDUCATION: • IN 2006–2008,MOST TEENS AGED 15–19 HAD RECEIVED FORMAL INSTRUCTION ABOUT STIS (93%), HIV (89%) OR ABSTINENCE (84%). HOWEVER, ABOUT ONE-THIRD OF TEENS HAD NOT RECEIVED ANY FORMAL INSTRUCTION ABOUT CONTRACEPTION; FEWER MALES RECEIVED THIS INSTRUCTION THAN FEMALES (62% VS. 70%). • MANY SEXUALLY EXPERIENCED TEENS (46% OF MALES AND 33% OF FEMALES) DO NOT RECEIVE FORMAL INSTRUCTION ABOUT CONTRACEPTION BEFORE THEY FIRST HAVE SEX • ABOUT ONE IN FOUR ADOLESCENTS AGED 15-19 (23% OF FEMALES AND 28% OF MALES) RECEIVED ABSTINENCE EDUCATION WITHOUT RECEIVING ANY INSTRUCTION ABOUT BIRTH CONTROL IN 2006–2008 • 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
  2. 2. WHAT’S MISSING? • CURRENTLY THERE IS NO AND LET ME SAY THAT AGAIN NO LAW THAT REQUIRES SCHOOLS TO HAVE EDUCATORS TEACH STUDENTS SEXUALITY EDUCATION INCLUDING SAFE SEX AND CONTRACEPTIVES USE. • SCHOOLS ARE ONLY REQUIRED TO TEACH CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT INSTRUCTION WHICH IS TO TEACH ABSTINENCE.
  3. 3. SOUTH DAKOTA STATUTE 13-33-6.1 • 13-33-6.1. CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT INSTRUCTION. UNLESS THE GOVERNING BODY ELECTS, BY RESOLUTION, EFFECTIVE FOR NOT LESS THAN ONE OR MORE THAN FOUR SCHOOL TERMS, TO DO OTHERWISE, CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT INSTRUCTION SHALL BE GIVEN IN ALL PUBLIC AND NONPUBLIC ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN THE STATE TO IMPRESS UPON THE MINDS OF THE STUDENTS THE IMPORTANCE OF CITIZENSHIP, PATRIOTISM, HONESTY, SELF DISCIPLINE, SELF RESPECT, SEXUAL ABSTINENCE, RESPECT FOR THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF MINORITY AND ETHNIC GROUPS TO THE HERITAGE OF SOUTH DAKOTA, REGARD FOR THE ELDERLY, AND RESPECT FOR AUTHORITY. • THIS IS THE ONLY LAW THAT SOUTH DAKOTA HAS IN REGARDS TO ANY TYPE OF SEXUALITY EDUCATION AND IT DOESN’T STATE ANYTHING OTHER THAN STUDENTS NEED TO BE TAUGHT ABSTINENCE.
  4. 4. ABSTINENCE EDUCATION VS. SEX EDUCATION • EXAMINING THE STATISTICS OF A SEXUALITY EDUCATION CURRICULUM VS AN ABSTINENCE CURRICULUM I FOUND THAT: • ABSTINENCE IS GREAT BUT IN REALITY IT ONLY WORKS IF KIDS AREN’T HAVING SEX RIGHT? WELL HOW DOES THAT WORK IF STATISTICS INDICATE THAT ONE-FOURTH OF 15-YEAR-OLDS HAVE HAD SEXUAL INTERCOURSE AT LEAST ONCE, AND MORE THAN HALF OF 17-YEAR-OLDS ARE SEXUALLY ACTIVE? SO IF WE ARE TEACHING KIDS NOT TO HAVE SEX BUT THEY ALREADY ARE HOW IS THAT GOING TO TEACH THEM TO PROTECT THEMSELVES?
  5. 5. • THIS VIDEO EXPLAINS WHY THIS POLICY DOESN’T MAKE SENSE. IF VIDEO DOES NOT WORK HERE IS THE LINK: • HTTPS://WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/WATCH?V=D6XUW_XHPN4
  6. 6. WHAT ARE THE RISKS? • AS SHE STATED IN THE VIDEO THERE ARE MANY RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH NOT TEACHING SEX EDUCATION INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO: • TEEN PREGNANCY • SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS OR DISEASES • SEXUAL ASSAULT • UNHEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS • MULTIPLE SEX PARTNERS • AND MOST IMPORTANTLY UNEDUCATED DECISIONS
  7. 7. TEEN PREGNANCY • ACCORDING TO AN ARTICLE I READ, ―TEENAGE MOTHERS ARE LESS LIKELY TO FINISH HIGH SCHOOL AND ARE MORE LIKELY TO LIVE IN POVERTY, DEPEND ON PUBLIC ASSISTANCE, AND BE IN POOR HEALTH THAN SLIGHTLY OLDER MOTHERS. THEIR CHILDREN ARE MORE LIKELY TO SUFFER HEALTH AND COGNITIVE DISADVANTAGES, COME IN CONTACT WITH THE CHILD WELFARE AND CORRECTIONAL SYSTEMS, LIVE IN POVERTY, DROP OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL AND BECOME TEEN PARENTS THEMSELVES. ACCORDING TO A RECENTLY UPDATED ANALYSIS BY THE NATIONAL CAMPAIGN TO PREVENT TEEN AND UNPLANNED PREGNANCY, THE ANNUAL PUBLIC COST OF TEEN CHILDBEARING—DUE TO HIGHER COSTS OF PUBLIC HEALTH CARE, FOSTER CARE, INCARCERATION AND LOST TAX REVENUE—IS NEARLY $9.4 BILLION.‖ • IT MAKES YOU THINK IF MORE YOUNG PEOPLE WERE PROPERLY EDUCATED ABOUT SAFE SEX AND BIRTH CONTROL INSTEAD OF SCHOOLS PREACHING ABSTINENCE WOULD THERE BE LESS TEEN MOMS? TEENS ARE REBELLIOUS DON’T MOST PEOPLE KNOW THAT IF YOU TELL THEM NOT TO DO SOMETHING IT JUST MAKES THEM WANT TO DO IT MORE? IN COMPARING ABSTINENCE-ONLY PROGRAMS WITH COMPREHENSIVE SEX EDUCATION, COMPREHENSIVE SEX EDUCATION WAS ASSOCIATED WITH A 50% LOWER RISK OF TEEN PREGNANCY ACCORDING TO SIECUS.
  8. 8. RELATIONSHIPS • PEER PRESSURE IS IMMENSE IN SCHOOL EVERYONE WANTS TO FIT IN AND BE PART OF THE ―COOL‖ CROWD. SO WHEN THE CUTE BOY OR GIRL YOU LIKE SAYS LET'S DO IT, COME ON EVERYONE ELSE IS! WHAT DO YOU DO? THIS IS NOT THE WAY TO BUILD HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS. • THIS IS WHY THEY CAME UP WITH SEXUALITY EDUCATION BECAUSE IT LEAVES KIDS WITH THE CHOICE TO CHOOSE, IT HELPS THEM SEE WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF THEY DO OR DON’T. THEY GAIN THE SKILLS TO SEE WHAT RELATIONSHIPS ARE ABOUT AND HOW SEX ISN’T JUST SEX IT CAN GET YOU INTO A LOT OF TROUBLE. • IN DEPTH CLASSES TEACH HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP SKILLS NOT JUST SEX. THEY TEACH KIDS THE RELATIONSHIP BUILDING SKILLS THAT ARE NECESSARY FOR SUCCESS UNLIKE ABSTINENCE ONLY CLASSES THAT REALLY TEACH NOTHING EXCEPT SAY NO. HOWEVER IT NEVER REALLY TEACHES YOU HOW TO SAY NO.
  9. 9. INFECTIONS AND DISEASES • ABSTINENCE ONLY EDUCATION DOES NOT REDUCE THE INSTANCES OF STDS AND HIV IN YOUNG ADULTS IT WAS FOUND THAT THE ONLY REDUCTION IN INFECTION RATES CAME FROM INCREASE USE IN BIRTH CONTROL NOT FROM DECREASED SEXUAL ACTIVITY. WHICH BIRTH CONTROL INCREASES ONLY CAME FROM STATES THAT IMPLEMENTED SEXUALITY EDUCATION CURRICULUMS.
  10. 10. SCARE TACTICS • ABSTINENCE ONLY EDUCATION USES THE TECHNIQUE OF SCARING KIDS OUT OF SEX BY USE OF EXAGGERATED STATISTICS AND GROTESQUE PICTURES. • IS THIS REALLY AN EFFECTIVE WAY TO GET KIDS TO STOP HAVING SEX? NO. WHY? BECAUSE KIDS LAUGH AT THESE TACTICS, THEY DON’T WORK. TELLING A KID THAT A CONDOM IS WAY LESS EFFECTIVE THAN IT ACTUALLY IS WILL JUST MAKE THEM HAVE SEX WITH NO PROTECTION!!NOT ONLY MAKING THE PROBLEM WORSE BUT IT BRINGS US RIGHT BACK TO PREGNANCY AND DISEASE. TELLING A KID AFTER THE FACT THAT IF THEY HAVE SEX THEY WILL GET THIS OR LOSE THAT DOES NOTHING, BECAUSE THE MAJORITY OF THE TIME THEY ARE ALREADY DOING IT AND WITHOUT ANY EDUCATION TO PROTECT THEM.
  11. 11. IS IT THE ONLY OPTION? • ABSTINENCE IS BY FAR THE BEST CHOICE TO AVOID PREGNANCY AND DISEASE AS WELL AS MANY OTHER LIFE CHANGING EFFECTS OF CHOOSING TO HAVE SEX BUT IS IT REALLY THE BEST OPTION, SHOULD IT BE SO BLACK AND WHITE? • SOUTH DAKOTA SHOULD HAVE A LAW THAT REQUIRES SEX EDUCATION TO BE MORE IN DEPTH THAN JUST ―DON’T DO IT!‖ THAT WAY OUR YOUTH CAN MAKE EDUCATED DECISIONS WHEN IT COMES TO SEX. ACCORDING TO THE GUTTMACHER INSTITUTE ―COMPREHENSIVE SEX EDUCATION PROGRAMS PROVIDE YOUTH WITH INFORMATION ON PREGNANCY AND STDS; SEXUAL RELATIONSHIPS, ORIENTATION AND VALUES; DECISION MAKING AND NEGOTIATION; AND CONTRACEPTION, CONDOMS AND SAFER SEX‖. ISN’T THIS WHAT WE SHOULD WANT FOR THE YOUTH? YOU KNOW WHAT THEY SAY YOU CAN NEVER HAVE ENOUGH EDUCATION. WHY SHOULD IT SHOW ONLY ONE SIDE, SHOULDN’T THEY HAVE MORE TOOLS AND BE PREPARED?
  12. 12. WORKS CITED • "ABSTINENCE-ONLY-UNTIL-MARRIAGE PROGRAMS VIOLATE OUR BASIC RIGHTS." NO MORE MONEY. N.P., N.D. WEB. 07 APR. 2014. • "FACTS ON AMERICAN TEENS' SOURCES OF INFORMATION ABOUT SEX." FACTS ON AMERICAN TEENS' SOURCES OF INFORMATION ABOUT SEX. N.P., FEB. 2012. WEB. 06 APR. 2014. • "SEX IN THE STATES." SEX, ETC. N.P., N.D. WEB. 07 APR. 2014. • "SOUTH DAKOTA ADOLESCENT REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH FACTS." OFFICE OF ADOLESCENT HEALTH. N.P., N.D. WEB. 07 APR. 2014. • "SOUTH DAKOTA STATE PROFILE." NATIONAL COALITION TO SUPPORT SEXUALITY EDUCATION -. N.P., N.D. WEB. 07 APR. 2014. • "SOUTH DAKOTA STATUE 13-33-6.1." SOUTH DAKOTA LEGISLATURE. N.P., N.D. WEB. 07 APR. 2014. • "STATE SEX AND HIV EDUCATION POLICY « » THE HENRY J. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION." STATE SEX AND HIV EDUCATION POLICY. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION, 2014. WEB. 07 APR. 2014. • "TEEN PREGNANCY PREVENTION." TEEN PREGNANCY PREVENTION. N.P., N.D. WEB. 06 APR. 2014.

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