Let’s be honest: Sex ed is seriously awkward…but it’s also
seriously necessary. This year, sex education is standardized across the
U.S.—kids from Maine to California are learning about the male and female
bodies and sex based on one set of guidelines. The National Sexuality Education
Standards have created these guidelines in hopes of providing clear, consistent,
age-appropriate sex education to students in kindergarten through 12
But when it comes to the future of sex ed, our presidential
candidates don’t exactly agree.
President Obama promotes a sex ed program that focuses on
abstinence, but also believes teaching kids about things like contraception is
important to reduce risk of teen pregnancy and the spread of STDs. This guy is
all-science, all-the way.
Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, however, believes
abstinence-only education is the right choice for American kids, and is the
best way to prevent pregnancy and other consequences of teen sex.
Our stance? Sure, abstinence is the only form of safe sex,
and teaching it is important. But studies have shown over and over again that
teaching just abstinence in schools
increases the rate of teen pregnancy—not exactly what we’re goin’ for with this
sex ed stuff, right?
Where do you stand? Tell us what ya think should be taught
in schools in the comments, babes!
BY LAUREN IZQUIERDO ON 10/30/2012 12:00:00 AM
POSTED IN sex ed, In the News, election 2012, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, 2012 election issues