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8 Things People Get Wrong About Quality Sex Education

Myths, myths everywhere!

MYTH: Not talking about sex in school or at home is the surest way to keep people from having it.

FACT: Not true, because there is no relationship between not talking about something and its chances of it happening. (Think of it this way: Does not talking about climate change or poverty or corruption prevent any of it from happening? No.)

MYTH: Sex ed shouldn't be given to kids or young adults because they're still very curious and will try everything they hear.

FACT: They hear about sex anywhere and everywhere (peers, the Internet, print and online media). That's why quality sex ed should be given to them all the more: So that they don't become reckless; so that they can tell right from wrong and make the right decisions. Kids and young adults need guidance, and knowing more does not lead to bad behavior. Being ignorant has greater risks.

MYTH: Sex ed encourages kids and young adults to have sex and be promiscuous.

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FACT: No. The World Health Organization concluded the contention that sex ed encourages sexual acts or experimentation has no basis. Effects of sex ed were actually seen to delay the first sexual intercourse.

MYTH: Sex ed will teach kids and young adults about sex or sex positions.

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FACT: No, it will not teach sex positions. Sex ed explains the value/importance of sex, the risks involved if done unsafely, and how to have a healthy sexual life. Quality sex ed is designed to be age-appropriate. Topics will vary from grade to grade, and are ordered to develop one's knowledge as they mature.

MYTH: Sex ed will corrupt kids and young adults.

FACT: Sex ed seeks to inform, and it doesn't forget about values and morals. Quality sex ed also teaches respect, equality, and empathy, which are all related to human rights. 

MYTH: Kids and young adults are too young to learn anything about sex and sexuality.

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FACT: As previously said, quality sex ed is age-appropriate. Elementary students will learn about the physical, emotional, and social changes that happen during puberty, among others. They're given a foundation to be explained further as they get older. And since values and morals are also integrated in quality sex ed, all the more it's for the young.

MYTH: Abstinence-only-until-marriage lessons work.

FACT: There is no evidence that abstinence-until-marriage lessons actually make more students abstain from premarital sex. Research has found that students who were taught to abstain from premarital sex also had their first times around the age of those who weren't taught to abstain from it.

MYTH: Because sex ed encourages promiscuous behavior, it will lead to unwanted pregnancy, which will lead to abortion.

FACT: Women who have received quality education hardly have unprotected sex or are taking contraceptives. Both prevent unwanted pregnancies, which prevent abortions or becoming single mothers.

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