Young people have the right to lead healthy lives. Providing them with honest, age appropriate comprehensive sexual health education is a key part in helping them take personal responsibility for their health and well-being.
That's why sex education programs need to be informed by evidence as well as include all the information and skills young people need to make healthy decisions. Providing young people with the skills and tools to make healthy decisions about sex and relationships is far more effective than denying them information and simply telling them not to have sex.
Respecting young people promotes personal responsibility far more effectively than denying them information. We should respect young people and treat them as partners, not problems.
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The Future of Sex Education
The Future of Sex Education Project (FoSE) began in July 2007 when staff from Advocates for Youth, Answer and SIECUS first met to discuss the future of sex education in the United States. In 2012 FoSE released the groundbreaking National Sexuality Education Standards. FoSE continues to work create a national dialogue about the future of sex education and to promote the institutionalization of comprehensive sexuality education in public schools.
Visit www.futureofsexed.org to learn more.
Support for Comprehensive Sex Education
Polls have shown that parents, teachers, health care professionals, and young people all support sex education that is comprehensive and provides information about abstinence as well as contraception and condoms.