Many Teens Give Sex Ed a Failing Grade
MONDAY, Sept. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Teens around the world are getting sex education in schools that fails to address their needs and concerns, researchers report.
By not addressing the complex nature of sex education and offering a curriculum that isn't practical or helpful to young people, educators are missing a key opportunity to protect students' health and well-being, the study authors added.
"Schools should acknowledge that sex is a special subject with unique challenges, as well as the fact and range of young people's sexual activity, otherwise [they] will continue to disengage from [sex ed], and opportunities for safeguarding and improving their sexual health will be reduced," the British researchers wrote.
The research team, led by Dr. Pandora Pound of the University of Bristol School of Social and Community Medicine, analyzed 55 studies that examined sex education programs in schools in numerous countries. The countries included Australia, Brazil, Canada, Iran, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States. The team focused on the experiences of young people aged 12 to 18, who were taught in these programs between 1990 and 2015.Read entire article...