Abstinence sex education doesn’t work.
Students need sexual education that’s comprehensive, medically accurate, and free from shame and ideology. Not just because sexuality is an integral part of our humanity, but because when you withhold medical information about sexuality from children and teens, you are endangering health and lives. That some students today are actually learning less than their parents did in sex ed is a scandal. Do we really want our children to be less-informed than we were?
But that’s exactly what’s happening. Abstinence-only education programs in the US – over 80% of which were found by a 2004 congressional report to have “false, misleading or distorted” information – is still widely utilized and well-funded.
Image source and full article: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jul/15/abstinence-sex-education-teaches-virgins-teens