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CONDOM DISTRIBUTION VS ABSTINENCE IN SCHOOL Sexual Education was introduced to the American Public School System in 1913 at the beginning of this century Superintendent of Schools Ella Flagg Young promoted the teaching of sex education and implemented sex hygiene lectures in the Chicago IL school system The goal then was to reduce social problems such as venereal disease and prostitution by educating the public about sex Now in the last year of the 20th century goals are different but the conflicting opinions on sexual education are still going strong Health promotion goals for teenagers include postponement of sexual activity until psychosocial maturity and consistent use of condoms by those who do engage in sexual intercourse Most people agree with these goals to a certain degree However the tension arises when methods of meeting these goals are discussed The following report explains some of the biggest issues dwelling around how public schools should teach sexual education The two main options discussed are teaching abstinence and condom distribution Throughout the United States school districts and states are basing their policies around these two ideas The importance of this issue is very significant Over the last century our statistics for teen health and sexuality problems have been getting worse and worse and this is the time for change The decisions that we make now will decide if we 1 educate and inspire our youth and the sexual health status of our youth improves for generations to come 2 overexpose the youth and they get out of control or 3 suppress the youth denying them knowledge and resources and our situation continually worsens for generations to come IDENTIFYING THE PROBLEM Our youth today face horrible odds in the area of health and almost everyone regardless of political positions or religious standing agrees that the problem needs to be addressed The average age for initiation of sexual intercourse is now middle to late adolescence
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