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Old 04-21-2018, 06:50 AM
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Originally Posted by Budget Player Cadet View Post
It tends to leave out things like condoms, the pill, how to have safe sex, etc. Standard sex ed typically also emphasizes that the kids receiving the information probably aren't ready to have sex yet, and that they should wait. But they add the extra hints, "But if you can't do that, here's what you should do to ensure that you're safe while having sex". Which happens to be a pretty important set of information, because that's a really big if. Most teenagers don't want to be abstinent, and and teenagers are famously bad at risk assessment and delayed gratification. And we know this - when we compare things like STDs and teen pregnancy in places with abstinence-only education, and places with comprehensive sex ed, the results are not promising for abstinence-only. That kids are waiting longer to have sex doesn't do much to dispute those results.
Plus kids having less sex is probably due to the same factor that's causing kids to smoke and drink less: kids are spending more time in childhood. Parents nowadays don't let kids spend any time unsupervised before like 15 years old. Adulthood among the current generation doesn't really start until 30 or so.