What form of sex education is best?
Teenage pregnancy has become highly publicized in the media. The Oscar winning movie, Juno, centered around a pregnant teenage girl. Actress Jamie Lynn Spears became pregnant at 16 in 2008, and VP nominee Sarah Palin’s daughter, Bristol, also became pregnant as a teen. Lastly, two television shows, drama The Secret Life of the American Teenager, and reality show Teen Mom focus on teenage pregnancy.
Approximately half of all teens ages 14-17 are sexually active. In 2006, the teenage pregnancy rate spiked to a whopping 7%. Due to the sexuality of teenagers, many have made it a point to educate teens about sexuality. But what is the best way to go about educating teens, if at all?
Does sex education belong in the privacy of the home? Or should public schools play a role in educating students about human sexuality? If so, what exactly should be taught to students- abstinence only sex education, comprehensive sex education, or something in the middle? Why?