What is the right way to teach sex-ed?

When it comes to sexually transmitted disease there is always a big debate on how to teach them. Do you teach kids abstinence and not having sex is the only way to prevent STDs? Or should sex educators teach kids what can happen when you get an STD or get pregnant and let them make their own decision? Do you try to instill fear in them by teaching them of what these diseases can do in hopes that will make them want to be abstinent?

While there is no right or wrong way on how to teach sex-ed, there is always going to be a debate on it. Many schools take different approaches such as Downy High School in the Los Angelas area who is banning certain dance moves from its dances. In Huntsville Alabama they teach the abstinence until marriage concept, but with questionable success. Alabama has the highest rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis of any state in the country.

One thing that does not help with the spread of STDs and teaching kids about them is layoffs that are occurring because of the recent economy according to teh Fredricknewspost.com. Ten employees and two programs will be cut in the Frederick County leading to less information being out there for people to gain.

In my opinion, I feel sex ed should be taught in an unbias way, putting the information out there for people and allowing them to make their own decisions. If students want to be smart they will be smart and will continue to be smart down the road. Those who feel to ignor the warning given about STDs then they will make those bad decisions and pay for it. But if those who choose to make the bad decisions end up having a sexual relationship with those who are smart about sex, it is unlikely the people who make smart choices will put themselves at risk.

People need to be able to make their own decisions and the best way to teach sex-ed is not forcing one train of thought down a kids throat, you have to give them the information and let them decide.


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