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When only 13 states in the nation require sex education to be medically accurate, a lot is left up to interpretation in teenage health literacy. Research published by the Public Library of Science shows that when sex education is comprehensive, students feel more informed, make safer choices and have healthier outcomes — resulting in fewer unplanned pregnancies and more protection against sexually transmitted diseases and infection. Of course many young students pick up sexual health information from sources other than school — parents, peers, medical professionals, social media and pop culture.
FoSE seeks to create a national dialogue about the future of sex education and to promote the institutionalization of comprehensive sexuality education in public schools. At its core, sexuality education comprises the foundation upon which young people develop knowledge, attitudes and skills that help them as they develop. All young people need and have the right to age-appropriate, honest sexuality education to help them take personal responsibility for their sexual health, both now and in the future.
After reviewing the research, one could conclude that the effects of sex education vary. While the goal of sex education is to educate and therefore protect oneself from high-risk sexual behaviors, research has shown that knowledge and attitudes do not always comply with actual behavior. By testing college students' knowledge about sexual topics and their attitudes toward condom use, and comparing these with the assessments of students' sexual behaviors, one may breach some conclusions in regard to the broad range of sexual topics that should be implemented into sex education so that behavior might comply with knowledge and attitudes.
Edition: Available editions United States. Its latest target is South Africa's increasingly inclusive sex education lesson plans. The terms 'freedom' and 'choice' — on which the legal definition of consent depends — mean very different things to different people.
Sex education is the instruction that focuses on topics of human sexuality, including sexually transmitted diseases, human reproduction, and anatomy of the sexual organs. Use the following sources to learn more about sex education and the medical, political, legal, social, and religious issues surrounding it. Sex Education An Undergraduate Library Subject Guide providing suggested resources and other information for beginning research on the topic Sex Education.
There's a common misconception that talking to kids about sex at a younger age will encourage them to start having sex earlier in life. But new research finds there's little truth behind this worry and suggests that when it comes to teaching your kids about sex, the younger, the better. In a new study published in the JAMA Pediatrics journal, researchers sought to understand how parental involvement in kids' sex ed affected actual sexual health outcomes. In other words, does having parents who talk to them about sex lead to kids making better decisions about their sex lives?
Learning about the birds and the bees is undeniably an incredibly daunting yet important task. With such variation even between individual schools, it is no wonder sex education differs vastly from country to country. Its absence in the curriculum, therefore, can have detrimental effects.
The terms sex education, sexuality education, and sexual health education—mentioned throughout this article—all reflect the diverse scholarship that considers how sex and sexuality are taught and learned in different contexts across the lifespan. While people learn about sex and sexuality throughout their lives, most discussion of sexuality education focuses on the lessons learned by children, adolescents, and youth. And, though young people learn about sex and sexuality from various sources, US debates about sexuality education focus on school-based learning. This article considers the social construction of childhood and debates around school-based sex education as well as scholarship that examines other sites of sex and sexuality education.