Target: California Department of Education’s board members
Goal: Applaud California’s modern, comprehensive and mandatory sex-education law.
California’s comprehensive and mandatory sex education laws have been wildly successful, resulting in all time lows in teen pregnancies. Every ethnic group in California has seen incredible drops in teenage births, which Karen Ramstrom, chief of the maternal health and adolescent division, suggests is in direct correlation to the health care providers who are able to “adjust to their reality,” such as bilingual moderators, and staff for instance, who understand Latino culture, which still remains as the ethnic group with the highest rate of teen births. We should applaud the states mandatory and comprehensive sex education laws. The new sex education programs, which are being partnered with other community programs, offer teenagers and their parents access to detailed and medically accurate information on contraceptives and safe sex practices, as well as information about abortions for a more modern time.
The state of California’s sex education laws prohibit the use of abstinence-only programs, which are still heavily prevalent in several states. The California law requires that sex education programs taught in schools need to provide students with the knowledge to protect themselves from sexual transmitted disease and unwanted pregnancies, as well as shedding light upon sexual health, adolescent growth, body image, sexual orientation, and relationships, including dating and family. These detailed programs that do not shy away from human sexuality but rather embrace it enough so teenagers know how to protect themselves and avoid unwanted situations.
In several states, the only sexual education offered to students are along the lines of saving sex for after marriage, and claiming birth control and condoms as ineffective protection. The adolescent and late teenage years are when male’s levels of testosterone are the highest, and meanwhile, the social pressure for females to have sex are the highest. To ignore this and tell students to simply not have sex is, undoubtedly, the reason for a higher teen pregnancy and birth rate.
Dear California Department of Education board members,
The California Department of Public Health recently published a report regarding the significant drop in teen births in California over the past two decades. I would like to take the time to applaud your implementation of the comprehensive, medically accurate, and knowledgeable sex education programs being offered in your public school system. In this day and age, the concerns of overpopulation in our world have never been more prevalent. To begin curbing this rising social problem by instituting proper sexual education for consecutive generations of adolescents, and teaching them how to prevent unwanted pregnancies, is huge step in the right direction.
There’s no question that teenagers are very sexually active, due in part to high levels of testosterone and social pressure placed on them by friends and social media. To shy away from this fact, and simply promote abstinence in replace of in-depth sexual education is asinine and completely counter-productive. So again, thank you for realizing you can’t stop teenagers from having sex, but you can give them correct information on contraceptives, proper condom usage, and other safe sex practices in order to prevent unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases.
[Your Name Here]
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