Is abstinence-only sex education effective?

Resources used to support "yes"

The topic of sex education in public schools has been a hot one for some time. Those in favor of it argue that education is the answer to the rising rate of teen pregnancies and STD's. They are afraid the youth of today are not receiving the proper i nformation at home to protect themselves. Supporters feel if kids are provided with accurate information in school they will be equipped with the tools to make wise, healthy decisions. There are many others, however, who are against sex-ed being taught in schools. They argue that, perhaps, ideas of sex are being placed in kids' heads too early and this is leading to early sexual experimentation. Others argue that schools are pulling too far away from the basics and kids are not receiving a proper education. They find that schools are becoming side-tracked with social issues and are passing students through without appropriate academic knowledge.

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